Grammar: Some Good “Advice”

One of the surest ways to lose credibility with your audience is to pepper your PowerPoint slides with spelling and grammatical mistakes.

I am constantly amazed by presentations with such shortcomings, especially ones by native English speakers.  If your own presentations are sloppy, why should I expect that you will handle my business any differently?

So today we start a new series about grammar and vocabulary.  From time to time, I will post short articles highlighting some of the common mistakes that I have seen on presentation slides, and how to avoid them.Today I have some good advise – I mean “advice” – for you.

Too often, people confuse the words “advise” and “advice”. The former is the verb; the latter is the noun. Yet I have often seen sentences like this:

  • We provide timely and quality advise.
  • Let us advice you.

Of course, the sentences should be written as follows:

  • We provide timely and quality advice.
  • Let us advise you.

Remember this tip and leave your audiences impressed with your advice.

Photo courtesy of Hiroaki Maeda

About John Zimmer

International speaker, presentation skills expert, lawyer, improv performer
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4 Responses to Grammar: Some Good “Advice”

  1. Gabriela says:

    I am thrilled, finally someone says it out loud. Yes, please, let me hear more about grammar. I am looking forward to reading more about it.

  2. Another big problem is affect and effect.
    People must understand that the effect of poor grammar in a PowerPoint will affect the decisions others make about you.

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