Writing tips

Write for the Right Audience

Grammarly allows you to set goals that include choosing an informal, neutral or formal tone. You can also set your goal to match the venue, whether it's a casual conversation, creative endeavor, academic tasks or business writing.

Develop a Consistent Style

Both “Aug. 25” and “August 25” are technically correct. However, it can look sloppy if you are switching from one to the other in the same document. Grammarly Premium comes with a consistency checker that will help you ensure that you are using the same spelling and punctuation throughout a document.

Hit Just the Right Tone

Sometimes it can be hard to tell whether the message you are sending has the right feel. Some phrasing may feel too informal for a formal email. Or, you may be writing while miffed and inadvertently slip into an aggressive tone. Grammarly's tone detector uses a combination of grammar rules and machine learning to analyze your message.

Add Specialized Terminology to Your Personal Dictionary

Grammarly comes pre-loaded with commonly used terms but may not include specialized jargon. If words you use often are being flagged, you can avoid this by adding them to your dictionary. Just open your Grammarly profile, type in the new word, and click “add.” Just be sure your addition is free from typos!

Add Grammarly to Microsoft Office

You are not stuck with the grammar tools that come with Word. To add Grammarly to Office, just visit “My Grammarly,” choose apps and then click “Install” next to the MS Office logo.

Add the Checker to Chrome

There is no need to visit the Grammarly site each time you need help polishing your writing. The free Chrome extension brings Grammarly into whatever site you are on.

Check Your Language Preferences

There's a reason that the UK and the U.S. have been described as “two countries separated by a common language.” While we both speak English, each country has a few spelling and grammatical conventions that are different. In Grammarly, you can pick between American, British, Australian and Canadian English.

Post speech evaluation

Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

Be authentic

There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience. Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker. Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty. To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room. With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought. Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

Avoid Unintentional Plagiarism

Few writers set out to copy someone else. To be sure you aren't unconsciously stealing phrases you've seen somewhere else, use Grammarly Premium's plagiarism checker before you hit send.