About

 

I am Diana Gardner Robinson. Actually, my name is Diana Robinson, but on the internet I add Gardner (my “maiden name”) because there are many Diana Robinsons, some very talented, but none with exactly my set of skills and experience.

Writer and Editor

I have been writing and/or editing on and off since while still in my teens.  Fresh out of business school I worked for the then-highly popular Chris Barber Jazz Band, now the Chris Barber Big Band. Among my tasks was to edit the fan-club newsletter. (In fact, when I couldn’t persuade the musicians to write anything, I was often writer as well as editor.)  Later, while awaiting the completion of the emigration process, I freelanced for various British magazines. Then, of course, everything changed because I arrived in the United States where many words were spelled differently and some had different meanings.


Regardless of the fact that “American English” was not my first language, in the years that followed I wrote a newspaper column and hundreds of public relations news releases for a national corporation. Eventually came a highly praised hard-back book, a long graduate level process, and a doctoral dissertation relating to creativity. I have also contributed chapters to several books, some “popular” and some semi-scientific.


Newsletter

After becoming a Life Strategy Coach, I developed and wrote an email newsletter called “Work in Progress (because we all are)” that, at its peak, reached thousands of readers in over forty countries. Many of my articles have been republished by employers, business organizations, and, most notably, at the SelfGrowth website. I also wrote over a hundred “Coaching Tips,” and almost as many “Top Ten” lists for circulation by the late Thomas Leonard in his life coaching empire. “Grounded in the Earth, Reaching for the Sky” was another, more spirituality-oriented, newsletter, with a slightly smaller circulation, that I wrote at that time.

Professor

In more recent years I have given feedback to many hundreds of mature age college students on the writing of their journals, case notes, and other homework. (They were preparing for positions in which the governing body places importance on correct grammar.) Many have since credited me with responsibility for their improved writing skills. I have also copy-edited a couple of books for friends, and, on a friendship basis, given feedback on grammar and other writing issues to numerous website owners.

The Problem

Over time I have become sadly aware of the extent to which highly competent people undermine themselves and their message when they they allow their websites to contain grammatical or spelling errors – or even plain old “typos.” For a student, it is likely that only one person will see any errors that they may make. When you have a business that depends on the impression given by your website, the effect can be much greater. Instead of just one professor, you have the goal of attracting thousands of people, so that the impact of high or poor quality writing is greatly multiplied.

 

As I mentioned elsewhere, shortly before writing this I randomly selected six websites that had been created by highly motivated and well educated entrepreneurs who cared deeply about the messages that their websites carried. All of them had spent long hours creating those sites, and, before that on choosing exactly the right theme and look of the site that would convey their messages. Of the six sites, there was only one on which I did not find grammatical errors.


It is to help people such as those entrepreneurs, people who are either not sure about grammatical issues or who do not have time for necessary copy editing, that I am offering my services as a consultant. I created GrammarConsultant.com in order to reach out to business owners who may benefit from these services.


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