From the Errors of Others

How to Avoid Embarrassing Mistakes in Writing and Speaking

by Rebecca M. Lyles



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/24/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 394
ISBN : 9781480828469
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 394
ISBN : 9781480828483
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 394
ISBN : 9781480828476

About the Book

“From the Errors of Others is a collection of crisp, witty, and slyly informative essays for grownups with a sense of humor. The subject is communication--good, bad, and patently bizarre. The author is Rebecca Lyles, an experienced editor but not a wrist-slapping schoolmarm. Neither giggly nor ponderous, she eagerly tells tales out of school. There are boneheads and blowhards in our midst, she says, but we don’t have to take them seriously. And we certainly don’t have to imitate them.

From the Errors of Others is a refreshing alternative to those heavy handbooks we never opened in school. It’s not only far more entertaining than those dreary tomes, in the end, perhaps surprisingly, it’s also much more enlightening. Imagine that: a smart book about writing and speaking effectively that people will actually enjoy reading.”
-- Richard Nordquist, PhD. Grammar and Composition Expert

In this comprehensive collection, Lyles teaches how to:
keep a professional tone;
avoid awkward speech habits;
communicate clearly without being pretentious;
detect deception; and
use a writing comfort zone.
A seasoned editor and business manager offers concise essays that humorously explore communication stumbling blocks, reveal common errors, and provide time-tested advice on how to write and speak effectively.

About the Author

Rebecca Lyles worked for thirty years as a technical writer, editor, and manager for companies including AT&T, FileNet, and IBM. She now works as a consultant helping businesses improve communication and training products. Rebecca lives in southern California where she lectures, writes song parodies for community theatre, and hosts workshops on writing. Visit her at