My work reflects a breadth of skill and adjustment for any type of document, including:

  • Web content: visions statements, about pages, editing and more

  • Structured guides (travel, study tips, weekly schedules, instructional materials etc.)

  • Business communications

  • Social media posts/advertising

  • Professional resumes

  • Speech writing/Presentations

    • Note: Some samples presented below were written for WikiHow​

 

Web content - Vision Statement for North River Co.

It’s a common daily product, found in all our homes, but uniquely crafted to make a difference. North River Company soaps will shift your thinking around self-care products. North River Co. crafts soap to nourish your body and to support healthier communities. The vision of North River Co. aims:

  • To handcraft one-of-a-kind soap that nourishes skin while delighting and impressing through artistic design.

  • To create soaps derived from and packaged in sustainable, eco-sensitive materials.

  • To enhance community nourishment by donating 50% proceeds to affiliate food banks and organizations.

  • To offer high-end products for larger-scale events for interested businesses and organizations.

  • To generate partnerships with any organization that wishes to fundraise through product marketing, both locally in Ottawa and throughout Canada.

  • To make a difference. For skin. For people. For communities.

Tips for Effective Talking Points

Have a clear message and be able to articulate it concisely:


  • Example topic: The windows in our apartment building need to be replaced by management.

  • Example topic: I want to propose a dog park be designed and fenced off in Central Park.



Use language that is clear and impactful — appeal to your audience’s emotions and logic:


  • The windows in our apartment are dangerous because they do not always stay in their tracks when slid open and shut. [A comment that the windows are dangerous appeals to emotion and the hope the audience will care that the windows are a hazard]

  • The windows in the building are outdated; they are single-pane, and any new building currently being built has a minimum of double-pane windows, if not triple. Replacing the windows would not only keep the temperature more manageable inside the building, but would also save management heating costs. [Presents evidence and highlights the cost-saving benefits, which appeals to logic]


  • A dog park within Central Park would be safe in 2 ways. First, there would be dramatically less incidents between aggressive dogs and park users; secondly, people would be more likely to only let their dogs off-leash within the dog park, which would keep dogs from becoming lost or stolen. [Appeals in two ways to audience’s emotions, either their love of dogs safety or concern over park users’ safety]

  • Dog behavior impacts the landscaping and grass in the park, either through rough play, or through defecation. Dog owners are much more likely to utilize the dog park for exercise for their dogs, and they will be more attentive to when their dog poops while on leash (whereas now many dogs are off-leash and left to roam). [Appeals to audience’s logic, in that they will care to keep the park orderly and clean for families]



Illustrate talking points with examples or anecdotes:


  • During the hot summer months, I frequently had trouble sliding the windows; they would come ajar and fall inwards, and once a window began to fall outwards. Thankfully I caught it to keep it from smashing on the street below!


  • Though the initial cost to replacing the windows would be upwards of 100,000 dollars, I estimate that it would only take about 5 years until that cost would be recovered through savings in heating and cooling. And most windows have a minimum 25 year warranty.


  • Not long ago my nephew was nipped by a dog in Central Park, whose owner was throwing it a frisbee. Even though signs are posted everywhere that dogs are supposed to be leashed, many people ignore this law and allow their dogs to roam free.


  • The park has signs about picking up after your dog, and even provides poop bags, yet it is still common to see dog poop on the side of the path, or on the grass where kids might want to play. This is a health hazard and is just plain gross. Dog owners would be more aware when their dog poops, and pick up after them, if they were to walk them on-leash on their way to or from the dog park.



Highlight a win-win situation:


  • If windows were to be replaced in the apartment, it would elevate the standard of living and safety of the residents and would prove a long term cost savings solution for the management company. The building would attract and keep quality tenants, while the building owners would eventually be saving money.


  • A dog park would be a benefit to dog owners, create a community feel to those who want a safe space for their dogs to play, while at the same time enhancing the cleanliness and safety of Central Park for other users.



Propose a call to action:


  • If management agrees to replace the windows, I will organize a team to source out quotes from competing window companies; I ask that this action commence within the next 2 months.


  • I am ready with a team of volunteers to fundraise for the dog park if it is not within the city’s current budget. This team is happy to work in conjunction with the City engineers to map out a location and to commence work within 6 months, on a volunteer basis, to create fencing and any other necessaries for the dog park to be up and running this year.

Email Response to Internship Interview Invitation

Dear Ms. Periwinkle,


I am honoured to accept your invitation to interview to be a summer intern at your highly esteemed organization, Women Empowering Women. It has been a long-standing dream to participate in the meaningful work performed by WEW, and I’m confident that I can contribute to the life-changing work.  


One minor issue I have is with the interview date — you suggested June 15th, however, my sister is getting married on that date. Would it be possible for us to move the interview date to the 17th, which gives me time to wrap up the events for the wedding and make the drive to Houston? I hope that will not be too much trouble. Thank you for your understanding.


Once again, I am so thrilled to interview for this very unique position.



Sincerely,


Amelia Frankenson, B.Ed.

Earnest School District, Huntsville, Co.

Letter to a Member of Scottish Parliament

Michael Mikkels

1420 Gartener Way

Edinburgh, PE34 7JL


Dame Shannon Garrity MSP, GCVO

21 Partridge Commons

Glasgow, PA64 3HA



Dame Shannon Garrity MSP, GCVO:

Refugee Resources in Glasgow


I have recently become acquainted with several refugee families who have been placed in my neighbourhood by the Refugee Placement Committee.  Each family has a unique, awe-inspiring story of courage and resilience in their quest for safety and security in Britain. Though the details of each family’s experience are diverse, their experiences since arriving in Glasgow are similar and very concerning.  As a proponent of tolerance and respect for the diversity those immigrating to Scotland, I would like to draw your attention to the lack of resources and assistance offered to refugee families upon placement in their respective neighbourhoods. This lack of practical support often sets already vulnerable families in a position of desperation and isolation.  


It is my belief that the intentions of the Scottish Parliament, with respect to refugee families, are driven by compassion and a commitment to inclusion, and that you are no exception.  However, much more needs to be achieved in offering intensive help to newly established families. Currently, the monthly stipend for families is not sufficient for them to thrive; instead, most families live with only the provision of base necessities.  Homes are not furnished, basic toiletries and kitchens are not equipped for daily needs, and many families do not have access to start-up supplies for school or work. In addition, there are no clear guidelines for immigrant and refugee families in terms of how they may seek social assistance, health care, or other bureaucratic-related needs.  I believe the Scottish Parliament must act with urgency to support these families in their quest for a quality life in their new home.


Can I ask what measures you will be taking to enact urgent support of Refugees?  Immediate practical help for vulnerable families cannot be neglected and should be a top priority at this time in the House!  


Thank you for your attention and time in reading this letter.  I expect that you will not dismiss an urgent need affecting some of your newest, most at-risk residents.  


Respectfully,



Michael Mikkels

Resource List to Prepare for Technical Interview

General websites for comprehensive overview:




Practice coding on these free YouTube channels:


  • LearnCode.academy — lots of free coding tutorials and web-development focused videos

  • thenewboston — over 4,000 videos on game programming and other design topics

  • Derek Banas — longer, more thorough videos that condense single language information into each video

  • Programming Knowledge — great for beginners who want to practice basis step-by-step coding one language at a time



Check out these websites for additional tutorials, information, or tips:




Sites offering tips on what kind of questions to expect in a technical interview:


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