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Do You Make These Typing Mistakes As Well?

Do You Make These Typing Mistakes As Well?

To err is human, and those of us who write a great deal will inevitably fall victim to one typo or another. The key is to be aware that we are all fallible wordsmiths, and to refrain from getting so cocky as to believe that we never screw up. This is a list of the 12 most common typos made on a daily basis, so you can be diligent about proofreading everything you read to avoid looking like a complete jackass.

Missing Punctuation Marks

You might be surprised at how vital proper punctuation can be.

Eat Grandma

    Via This Charming Mum

    The Wrong Version of “It’s”

    Sorry, there’s absolutely no excuse for this one unless you’re a dyslexic third grader.

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    It’s = The contraction of “it is”, with the apostrophe standing in for the I. Example: It’s horrible when people vandalize library books.

    Its = The possessive form of “it”. Example: The library book fell apart after its cover was pulled off.

    “Taken for Granite”

    Sorry, what? Someone mistook you for a block of stone? This is what happens when people watch TV instead of reading: they hear terms, but have no idea how they’re spelled. This is particularly common in areas where people may slur their words, or have strong accents. The correct term is “taken for granted”, but if it’s said quickly or drawled, it all clumps together. This also refers to place names like Cairo, Georgia, which is pronounced “KAY-ro”, and can thus end up being spelled several different ways.

    Dropping the R at the End of “Your”

    One of the most common typos I’ve come across is this one, caused by the fact that people type so quickly that they forget to add in the R at the end of “your” so it just ends up as “you”. Spellcheck won’t catch this one as it isn’t a spelling error per se, but it can alter the entire meaning of a sentence.

    Definitely

    This word is often spelled with an A in it, as “definately”. To cite the brilliant beasts over at The Oatmeal

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    Definately

      Misspelled Foreign Terms

      Some folks seem to prefer to spell foreign terms phonetically instead of looking up the correct spellings. I used per se above, which is the Latin term for “of itself”, but I’ve seen it spelled as “pursay” instead. I’ve also come across “jenasayqua” instead of je ne sais quoi, and “tooshay” instead of touché. If you plan to interject foreign phrases into your writing, you have to ensure that you’ve spelled them correctly.

      Voila/Viola

      This goes along with the foreign terms mentioned above, but it deserves its own section solely for the sheer number of times it seems to pop up in people’s writing. It comes down to placement of the O and the I within the word, but can make all the difference in the world, depending on whether you’re showing something off, or mentioning the kind of stringed instrument that your kid plays.

      Missing or Switched Letters

      Although your spellcheck should, in theory, catch these slip-ups, they may still slip through on occasion. This can be incredibly embarrassing for businesses and organizations if the typos aren’t caught ahead of time, especially since so much can ride on promotional materials.

      Amercia

        Via Hubspot

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        “Teh” instead of “The”

        One of the more common misspellings, it occasionally crops up if people are trying to be cute in their writing: I got to pet all teh bunnehz! LOL.

        ^Like that. If you’re over the age of 12, just don’t.

        Too Many Ns

        Many people seem to feel the need to add an additional N to words like “shiny” or “dining”, so you end up with “shinny Christmas ball ornaments” or arguments at the “dinning table”. No-one wants shinny balls, trust me.

        Except/Accept

        Believe it or not, this little homophone tends to pop up rather often. The words sound similar, but they’re not interchangeable. To accept something means to take it, while the word “except” excludes the subject:

        I’m willing to accept an apology from anyone who gives one sincerely. Well, except for Aunt Griselda—she’s just evil.

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        “Alot”

        You cannot begin to imagine how often this one pops up, even in professional writing. There is no such word as “alot“, so if you want to say that your receptionist talks a lot, or you bought a lot of biscuits on the weekend, be sure to keep that space in there.

        Alot

          Thank you, Hyperbole and a Half

          The best way to avoid these errors is to read your work aloud before submitting it, as the combination of visual and auditory processing seems to help most people catch the typos that were missed earlier. We all think more quickly than we can type, so it’s inevitable that there will be the occasional misstep as we try to harness brain-spew into coherent written pieces. Taking a few minutes to read a piece before shipping it off may seem like a waste of time, but it can actually save time for both you and your editor, since there will be fewer issues to resolve or revisions to make.

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          What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

          What Are Interpersonal Skills? Master Them for Better Relationships

          When I wrote my book Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget: A Strategy Guide, I was surprised at the various layers of review and editing necessary to get the book to publication. Before I ever submitted the manuscript, I enlisted a former colleague to read and copy edit my work. Then, I submitted my work to an editor at the publisher’s house, and once she approved it, she sent it to her colleagues and then her company’s editorial board.

          Upon editorial board approval of my book, my editor sent my work to reviewers in my field, then a developmental editor, then a designer and layout team and, finally, another copy editor. There were a host of personalities with whom I needed to interact along the way.

          It turns out that getting a publishing contract was just the beginning – a lot happens between developing a concept, writing the book, finding an agent and publisher, and getting the book on bookshelves or on Audible or Kindle. Through every milestone of the publishing process, my ability to interact with others was crucial. This underscored for me that no matter what or how much a person accomplishes, you never do it alone – everyone needs assistance from others.

          While I conceived of the book and wrote the manuscript, there is no way my book could have hit booksellers’ shelves without the dozens of people who were involved in the publishing process. Further, interpersonal skills can propel or stonewall success.

          Even as someone who has written hundreds of essays, press releases, pitch notes and other correspondence, writing itself is not a solitary endeavor. Sure, I may write in solitude, but the moment I am finished writing, there are always clients, colleagues, partners, peers and others who review my content.

          What is more, even as a published author and contributor for this platform, I try to never submit final copy (content) that has not been copy edited. I send everything to my copy editor, whom I pay out of my own pocket, for her review, edits and approval. Once she has reviewed my work, caught unbeknownst-to-me errors, I am much more confident putting my work out in the world.

          How Interpersonal Skills Affect Relationships

          It is clearer to me now more than ever before that interpersonal skills are needed in every profession and every trade.

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          People don’t elect leaders because the leaders are smart. Individuals are motivated to vote when they have a hero and when they feel they have something to lose. If they seriously dislike the other candidate, they are much more likely vote according to a 2000 Ohio State University study:

          “A disliked candidate is seen as a threat, and that will be motivation to go to the polls. But a threat alone isn’t enough – people need to have a hero to vote for, too, in order to inspire them to turn out on Election Day.”

          In a work setting, interpersonal skills impact every facet of your development and success. Trainers must collaborate with a design team or the company hiring them to facilitate the training. During the training itself, the facilitators must connect with the audience and establish a rapport that supports vulnerability and openness. If the trainers interact poorly with the trainees, they are unlikely to be invited back. If they are invited back, they may be unlikely to inspire cooperation or growth in their trainees.

          Solopreneurs interactions with clients and subcontractors, and those interactions will, in part, support or adversely impact their business. If you enjoy a career as an acclaimed surgeon or respected lawyer, your interactions with patients, clients, health insurance agencies and a team of other practitioners – many of whom are shielded from public view – will improve or decimate your practice.

          As a hiring manager, one of the things I consider when interviewing candidates is their interpersonal skills. I assess the interpersonal skills they display in their content and face-to-face presentation. I ask probing questions to learn how they interact with others, manage conflict and contribute to a team atmosphere.

          When candidates say things like, “I prefer to work alone” or “I can hit the ground running without assistance,” I bristle. When candidates appear to know everything and everyone, I wonder if they will be receptive to learning or open to feedback. Could these statements be indications that these individuals lack interpersonal skills?

          It stands to reason, then, that interpersonal skills are among the most valuable and the bedrock of all talents and skills.

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          What are Interpersonal Skills?

          Interpersonal skills range from emotional intelligence, empathy, oral and written communication to leadership to collaboration and teamwork.

          In sum, interpersonal skills are skills that enable you to interact well with others. They include teachability and receptiveness to feedback, active or mindful listening, self-confidence and conflict resolution.

          From a communications standpoint, interpersonal skills are about understanding how colleagues prefer to communicate and then using the appropriate mediums to meet respective needs. It is about understanding how to communicate in a way to get the most out of different people.

          For instance, in my career as a public relations practitioner, part of what I am constantly evaluating is which colleagues, clients and members of the media prefer email, text or phone calls. I am assessing how much frill to use with each person depending on what has worked in the past and depending on what I know about the person with whom I am interacting.

          Making these decisions and being disciplined enough to follow each person’s known preferences helps me better connect with the various individuals in my orbit. Is this tiring at times? Yes. Is it necessary? Absolutely.

          How to Improve Interpersonal Skills

          There are tons of resources to teach interpersonal skills. I love books such as Leadership Presence by Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar, and The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

          There are also a host of books and articles on emotional intelligence, which is the ability to manage one’s emotions and perceive and adapt to others’ emotions. Emotional intelligence is likewise a critical component of positive interpersonal relations. You can learn more about it in this article: What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why It Is Important

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          Active and mindful listening also support improved interpersonal skills. I recommend you take a look at this piece: Active Listening – A Skill That Everyone Should Master

          I have further found that humility helps a ton with interpersonal skills. It takes humility to admit you have more to learn and that you can learn from the people around you. In fact, everyone with whom you interact has a lesson to teach you. And employers are increasingly looking for team members who are lifelong learners, meaning they believe there is always room for growth and professional and personal development.

          Forbes contributor Kevin H. Johnson noted in a July 2018 article,

          “That’s why, when anyone asks what the next ‘hot’ skill will be, I say it’s the same skill that will serve people today, tomorrow, and far into the future—the ability to learn.”

          Don’t overlook introspection.

          While interpersonal skills may seem simple enough, introspection is critical to learning where and in what ways you need to grow.

          Through introspection and observation, I have learned that my interpersonal skills suffer when I am sleep deprived, because then I am short-tempered and irritable. I’ve observed this connection over a significant period in my life. Unsurprisingly, it is also true of others. Fellow LifeHack contributor, health coach and personal trainer Jamie Logie noted:

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          When you are chronically sleep deprived, it really does a number on you. A lack of sleep can keep your body in a constant state of stress and over time this can get pretty ugly. Elevated stress hormones can be involved in creating a bunch of pretty nasty conditions including anxiety, headaches and dizziness, weight gain, depression, stroke, hypertension, digestive disorders, immune system dysfunction, irritability.

          Additionally, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reported,

          “Sleep deprivation can noticeably affect people’s performance, including their ability to think clearly, react quickly, and form memories. Sleep deprivation also affects mood, leading to irritability; problems with relationships, especially for children and teenagers; and depression. Sleep deprivation can also increase anxiety.”

          The point is, even as you are identifying ways to improve interpersonal skills, think about what is getting in the way. While sleep deprivation is a trigger for me, your stumbling block may be different.

          The Bottom Line

          You cannot fix what you do not know is broken. Even as you work to understand and apply interpersonal skills, spend some time in mindful meditation to get clear on what is holding you back from developing solid relationships.

          Featured photo credit: Austin Distel via unsplash.com

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