Welcome To My blog!

You work hard to make your business a success. You have a story to tell. Let me help you tell it. Tara MacDonald, M.A. - Writing and Communications Consultant

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

Are you new to social media? Do you want to build your personal or company brand?  Are you looking for tips and advice on how to engage your followers or clients? Are you a small business owner who wants to bring your business online?

If you answered ‘YES’ to any of these questions then you’re in the right place!

My name is Tara MacDonald. I’m a freelance writer and a communications specialist with more than 10 years’ working with a broad range of styles, target audiences and industry requirements. Find out more…

In this blog, I’ll share writing tips and best practices when working with social media or writing for the web. You’ll also find posts on branding, online networking, engagement, digital storytelling and lots of other great stuff!

From time to time, you might also find me writing about rural life along with general musings on job hunting, freelance writing, consulting, working from home or whatever strikes my fancy!

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First day as an IELTS invigilator

logo 2Yesterday brought with it my first day of work with the IELTS team at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

IELTS stands for the International English Language Testing System. In Canada, IELTS is offered through a British Council and Government of Canada partnership arrangement. 

The IELTS team really impressed me with their attention to detail and thorough approach not only to language testing evaluations but also to security, registration, set-up and organization.

As an added bonus –  the IELTS team were friendly, helpful and job tasks were clearly explained. All in all, my introduction to IELTS was amazing and the team was a pleasure to work with.

The role as invigilator is part-time as needed which is a perfect job while I apply for long-term positions and do consulting work. I’m excited for my next shift and looking forward to seeing the team again!


Making Language Learning Fun!

Salut everyone!

Now that I’m back in Canada I’ve decided that it’s time to put the German aside for a while and focus on spiffing up my French skills.

I’ve started getting support from Le Centre Moi J’apprends in Cornwall, Ontario which has been absolutely wonderful. My instructor – a linguist by trade – is very patient, explains things clearly and understands the need for flexibility as I work on  consulting contracts, write job exams and keep popping off for interviews and meetings. If you are a French speaker looking for language support, help to finish off your high-school diploma or other training needs Moi J’apprends can help you achieve your goals.  Offices are located in Rockland, Ottawa, Cornwall and Hawkesbury, Ontario.

Other ways I’m working to improve my French include:

  • reading out loud,
  • listening to Radio Canada ,
  • watching movies and television series in French or with translations (thank you Netflix!), and
  • taking every opportunity to practice when I happen across native speakers.

But even with good intentions and the best laid plans life can get in the way. Work might need to take center stage, meetings or interviews might interrupt my lessons, and some days my brain is just too fried from study or thinking too much. As a result, the enthusiasm wanes and I need something fresh and fun to keep the momentum going. That’s why I decided to start something new!

As an addition to my self-prescribed learning program (and to spice things up a bit!), I will be posting one new phrase, idiom, expression, slang or quote every day. Daily tidbits might hail from France or Quebec depending on the day and whatever strikes my fancy.

Click here for Your Daily French!

I hope you enjoy my posts and encourage you to add your own favourite French phrases to the list or share your thoughts in the comments section below.

À la prochaine!