Build your own style guide

Does your organisation write in a consistent style?

When you’re writing for work, it’s vital that your style is polished, correct and clear. It’s also important that an organisation’s communications style is consistent – and that’s where a style guide can help.

An off-the-shelf style guide can be useful – but a customised one for your organisation is much more effective.

We can support you to build your own style guide or we can do it for you!

Build your own style guide workshop will help you to:

  1. Identify the issues you need to address
  2. Make decisions on what your style will be
  3. Create a consistent way of writing – for reports, manuals, web content, social media etc.
  4. Communicate your style across the organisation

Talk to us about a Build your own style guide workshop (online).

What are the ‘rules’ of correct English?

Do you know when to use a dash or a comma? When do you write numbers as words and when as digits? What’s the difference between ‘that’ and ‘which’? What are the rules?

Because English is a living language used by millions of people every day, it’s constantly evolving. And this makes it challenging to know the rules for professional ‘correct’ writing.

Our recommendations for style are based on a combination of:

  • Traditional ‘prescriptive’ grammar books – which tell us the rules that we should follow
  • Conventions – reflecting what is generally accepted in Ireland (and the UK)
  • Our experience of how English is used today in professional writing (as written English becomes less formal)