Spell Check Won’t Catch Every Miss Steak

You consider yourself a good writer.

You’re extremely careful about what you compose.

But your sterling prose, that selling argument, those important assembly instructions can all fall flat because of a typo.

And it could be costly.

Spell Check Won’t Catch Every Miss Steak

According to six-degrees.com:

“Businesses lose millions of dollars each year as a result of typographical mistakes. In an age of global exposure and instantaneous connectivity, errors in written communications can have a hugely negative impact on consumer perceptions and create a lasting impression of carelessness. They can sabotage a first impression, reduce credibility, compromise brand positioning and diminish reputations. They undermine the clarity of branded messaging, create confusion, suggest poor communication skills and convey a lack of attention to detail. They can result in misleading or factually inaccurate information and cause consumers to question the integrity behind offerings or the abilities of a brand they perceive as uneducated and unprofessional. The possible ways in which a seemingly trivial typing mistake can have an enormous financial impact on a brand is immeasurable. The following examples include many of the most costly and well-publicized typographical mistakes of all time – where one single character, space or punctuation mark in the wrong location has resulted in catastrophic losses or had consequences that were devastating.”

-- The High Cost of Small Mistakes: The Most Expensive Typos of All Time

The Hits Just Keep On Coming

  • If you’re printing a brochure for a client, you’ll be responsible for absorbing the cost of reprinting if you missed a typo. That could mean thousands of dollars in wasted production and time.

  • If there’s a mistake in pricing in your online ad, you’re stuck with it, or you’ll have to remove it and start over.

  • If your personnel memo, production report, cost estimate, letter of agreement, or other vital document has a typo or erroneous punctuation, you could be doing yourself or others harm.

Another example:

“’To be or to be.’  That's how one of the most famous sentences in the English language began several years ago in a new edition of Shakespeare's ‘Hamlet.’ Six professional proofreaders failed to catch the mistake, which received national publicity and gave the publishing company a red face.”

-- Typo Tales, by Marcia Yudkin, Yudkin.com

You can help avoid all this.

It’s simple. Run spell check, and then proofread it yourself again. Most importantly, have a colleague read through it for you as well.  It’s not foolproof, or flawless, but it will amaze you at what “saves” will be made for the sake of syntax and your bottom line. A good editor is worth his or her weight in unforeseen expenses.

Sure, it takes a bit more time. But it’s always worth it.

So, before you dash off that next email, submit your letter, finish your resume, or make your next business proposal, step back…read it through carefully...and be sure it says exactly what you want it to.

 

SHINEMAN FOUNDATION DONATES $250,000 TO LAUNCH CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF OSWEGO COUNTY CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

FULTON, NY – The Richard S. Shineman Foundation has donated $250,000 to Catholic Charities of Oswego County, (CCOC) it was announced by Steve Frawley, CCOC board president. The donation will go directly toward the renovation of CCOC’s new location, the former Cayuga Community College and Center for Instruction Technology and Innovation (CiTi) site on West Broadway.

Shineman Foundation Donates

“We are extremely grateful for this donation from the Shineman Foundation,” Frawley said. “ It gives us a tremendous boost toward the $1.5 million we are raising with our 2017 capital campaign. When you add this to the  $500,000 grant we have received from NY State, we have a $750,000 start on reaching our goal.” CCOC will be conducting its capital campaign through the end of March 2020.

“Our foundation is amazed by how much CCOC has done for the community in the past decade,” said Karen Goetz, executive director of the Richard S. Shineman Foundation. “In this new location, CCOC will multiply their effectiveness and outreach. We are thrilled to be able to assist them in kicking off their capital campaign and we urge individuals, businesses and community organizations to join us in contributing to it.”

“A variety of “naming” opportunities are available,” Executive Director Mary-Margaret Pezzela-Pekow said. Among these are the Gymnasium, Community Room, Activity/Game Room, Food Pantry, Store/Boutique, Independent Living Skills Center, and more. “This gives local businesses and individuals the chance to put their name in front of the thousands of people CCOC serves who will be using the facility or who will be clients of our programs,” she said. “We have prepared a complete packet of information that shows the floor plan and naming locations, as well as a variety of ways donations can be pledged or paid.

“People will be making an investment in our new location, but ultimately, they are bringing hope and transforming the lives of thousands in our county.” For information, visit www.ccoswego.com, their Facebook page, or contact Mary-Margaret Pezella-Pekow at mmpekow@ccoswego.com, 598-3980.

The 80,000 sq. ft. building was donated to CCOC by Michael J. Falcone, chairman emeritus and founder of The Pioneer Companies. Pioneer also donated the cost of asbestos removal, which totaled approximately $70,000, said Pezella-Pekow. The building is assessed at $3.3 million.

“The building is owned by the Diocese of Syracuse, but we will have full use,” Pezzela-Pekow said. “Starting in July, we will be relocating about 80 employees who are extremely crowed in the 32,000 sq. feet at our current 365 W. First Street location. We’ll have more than double the space we have now and be fully accessible.”

All of the services CCOC has now will continue at its new location, which will also include a multi-use community room that is under construction. CCOC expects to move into the new location in summer 2017. In the meantime, all services and activities will continue at its present location.

“It’s also important to note that Pioneer is working with us to find a developer or buyer for the West First Street building that was once part of the American Woolen Mill,” Frawley said. “We will work diligently with them to find a new owner and purpose for the building.”

“Catholic Charities was founded in 1930 and has expanded its agency with many programs and services that have touched thousands of children, families and individuals throughout Oswego County,” Pezella-Pekow said. “Generous gifts and donations to Catholic Charities have supported more than 160,000 children, women and men in need, and our new location will enable us to expand our reach and serve more people in our county than ever before.”