Each year, the AP Stylebook is updated with new words, formats and grammar changes. As this year comes to a close and we prepare for future updates in 2018, it’s time to take a look at the important changes made in 2017.
by Anna McGeady
Creativity is as elusive as it is coveted, making it one of the most intriguing professional qualities in demand today. There are entire award shows and magazine features dedicated to recognizing those who demonstrate this superior kind of imaginative thinking, and it is consistently deemed one of the most important “soft-skills” an employee can have. But honing this skill is no easy task.
In the past few years, reports surfaced claiming humans have shorter attention spans than goldfish. In 2013, the average attention span was about 8 seconds (down a whole four seconds from 2000); goldfish reportedly have an average attention span of about 9 seconds. Yikes.If your email pitches aren’t getting the traction you hoped they would, chances are it’s because you failed to engage your readers in those first 8 seconds. But what exactly are you doing wrong?