5 PUNCTUATION PROBLEMS
 
Each of the following sentences omits or misuses punctuation, resulting in possible confusion when a word or phrase is attached to a main clause or a transition occurs. Discussion and revision explain and resolve each error.

1. He has no clue period.

What is a clue period? There is no such thing. The person in question has no clue, and the speaker or writer emphasizes the point by appending the wordperiod to the sentence to suggest finality; this tag word must be separated from the main clause by a comma to clarify its nonessential nature: “He has no clue, period.”

2. It was the kind of dialogue sitcom writers aspire to create, only it was a real conversation.

Only is an interjection, so it must be set off from the independent clause that follows. However, a stronger form of punctuation must precede it so that onlydoes not appear to be parenthetical because it is bracketed by a pair of commas: “It was the kind of dialogue sitcom writers aspire to create—only, it was a real conversation.”

3. The reality is no industry is exempt from at least assessing the implications of the new standard.

A phrase like “the reality is” sets up the main clause of the sentence, so it must be set off from the statement: “The reality is, no industry is exempt from at least assessing the implications of the new standard.” (Alternatively, that can replace the punctuation: “The reality is that no industry is exempt from at least assessing the implications of the new standard.”)

4. She was one of just a handful of delegates who were willing to speak to the media as many fear for the safety of family still living in North Korea.

As could be misunderstood to mean “while,” so a comma must be inserted between the main clause and the dependent clause to clarify that it is standing in for because: “She was one of just a handful of delegates who were willing to speak to the media, as many fear for the safety of family still living in North Korea.”

5. The adoption of the technology hasn’t moved more quickly because there remains a general lack of understanding about it.

This sentence presents a miscue—the potential for reader misunderstanding because the uninterrupted nature of the sentence implies that an explanation of why the technology adoption has moved more quickly will follow. To clarify that no such information is forthcoming, break the sentence before the conjunction: “The adoption of the technology hasn’t moved more quickly, because there remains a general lack of understanding about it.” (Better yet, invert the sentence and adjust the wording of the main clause as needed: “Because there remains a general lack of understanding about the technology, its adoption has been slow.

BEING A PERSONAL ASSISTANT

I thought this might help you somewhat, in case you make it...or for personal preparation as the case may be.

ATTRIBUTES:

The attributes of an effective PA

- efficient
- discrete
- flexible
- self-motivated
- organised
- proactive
- a good communicator

Important: One of the most important requirements of the PA skill-set is IT literacy. At the very least, PAs should have advanced-level skills in Word for Windows and Microsoft PowerPoint. And at least an intermediate level knowledge of Microsoft Excel.


MAINTAINING PERSONAL ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT

PAs manage and source resources and conduct research, so they need to be well informed, and internet savvy.

They also need to keep up-to-date with the latest office gadgets and industry best practices; therefore, PA refresher training is essential for maintaining the PA's continuous professional development.

WORKING UNDER PRESSURE

Personal Assistants are calm under pressure and capable of thinking on their feet in a crisis. They typically support senior managers, executives and teams.

The PA acquires the pressure of managing his boss' diary, email inbox, meeting calendars and appointments.

This makes the PA role a highly stressful one, as PAs also have to accommodate special projects and deal with shifting priorities.

PAs should be capable of competently dealing with situations in their boss’s absence and should be confident enough to delegate upwards on their boss's behalf.

Maintaining confidentiality is a fundamental requirement of the PA role. And building a strategic partnership with the boss is only possible if PAs keep abreast of the organisations goals and their boss's strategic objectives.


UNDERSTANDING PA DUTIES

Corporate Personal Assistant positions demand competence and skill at performing the following duties:
- reading, monitoring and responding to your boss's email,
- answering calls and liaising with clients competently,
- preparing correspondence on your boss's behalf,
- delegating work in your boss's absence,
- assisting your team
- managing your boss's electronic diary,
- planning and organising meetings,
- organising travel and preparing complex travel itineraries,
- attending meetings on your boss's behalf
- taking action points and writing minutes,
- preparing papers for meetings,
- taking dictation,
- planning, organising and managing events,
- conducting research,
- drafting communications on your boss's behalf,
- preparing presentations,
- managing and reviewing filing and office systems,
- preparing updates for intranet,
- typing documents,
- sourcing and ordering stationery and office equipment,
- managing projects,
- managing an Assistant.

The above list is not exhaustive - the scope of the Personal Assistant role can be wide and varied.

Conclusion:

It must be noted that the Special Assistant role is a middle management role that demands a good grasp of business operations.


Please consider God.

BEING A PERSONAL ASSISTANT

I thought this might help you somewhat, in case you make it...or for personal preparation as the case may be.

ATTRIBUTES:

The attributes of an effective PA

- efficient
- discrete
- flexible
- self-motivated
- organised
- proactive
- a good communicator

Important: One of the most important requirements of the PA skill-set is IT literacy. At the very least, PAs should have advanced-level skills in Word for Windows and Microsoft PowerPoint. And at least an intermediate level knowledge of Microsoft Excel.


MAINTAINING PERSONAL ASSISTANT DEVELOPMENT

PAs manage and source resources and conduct research, so they need to be well informed, and internet savvy.

They also need to keep up-to-date with the latest office gadgets and industry best practices; therefore, PA refresher training is essential for maintaining the PA's continuous professional development.

WORKING UNDER PRESSURE

Personal Assistants are calm under pressure and capable of thinking on their feet in a crisis. They typically support senior managers, executives and teams.

The PA acquires the pressure of managing his boss' diary, email inbox, meeting calendars and appointments.

This makes the PA role a highly stressful one, as PAs also have to accommodate special projects and deal with shifting priorities.

PAs should be capable of competently dealing with situations in their boss’s absence and should be confident enough to delegate upwards on their boss's behalf.

Maintaining confidentiality is a fundamental requirement of the PA role. And building a strategic partnership with the boss is only possible if PAs keep abreast of the organisations goals and their boss's strategic objectives.


UNDERSTANDING PA DUTIES

Corporate Personal Assistant positions demand competence and skill at performing the following duties:
- reading, monitoring and responding to your boss's email,
- answering calls and liaising with clients competently,
- preparing correspondence on your boss's behalf,
- delegating work in your boss's absence,
- assisting your team
- managing your boss's electronic diary,
- planning and organising meetings,
- organising travel and preparing complex travel itineraries,
- attending meetings on your boss's behalf
- taking action points and writing minutes,
- preparing papers for meetings,
- taking dictation,
- planning, organising and managing events,
- conducting research,
- drafting communications on your boss's behalf,
- preparing presentations,
- managing and reviewing filing and office systems,
- preparing updates for intranet,
- typing documents,
- sourcing and ordering stationery and office equipment,
- managing projects,
- managing an Assistant.

The above list is not exhaustive - the scope of the Personal Assistant role can be wide and varied.

Conclusion:

It must be noted that the Special Assistant role is a middle management role that demands a good grasp of business operations.


Please consider God.
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