Ruth Beaumont Cook is a highly respected business communication facilitator. Since 1985 she has taught corporate workshops on grammar and usage issues as well as business communication format and composition skills. Outsource editing services are available for a charge of $8 per page (clarity of content as well as grammar, punctuation, and typographical errors).  Larger projects are negotiated for a contract price.

WORKSHOP FORMATS:

  • One-hour Coffee Courses
  • One-hour Lunch and Learn Reviews
  • Half-day Sessions
  • Whole-day Sessions

FREQUENTLY COVERED TOPICS:

  • Business Letter Brush-up
  • E-mail Format and Etiquette
  • Commas--Where? Where Not?
  • Pesky Apostrophe Issues
  • Quick Grammar Glitch Fixes
  • Business Mechanics Review--Abbreviations, Acronyms, Numbers, Symbols
Current and Former Clients include the following:
  • AT&T
  • BE&K, Inc.
  • City of Hoover
  • Jefferson County Department of Health
  • Protective Life Insurance Corporation
  • Southern Progress Corporation
  • St. Vincent's Hospital
  • State of Alabama Department of Personnel
  • US Steel
  • Vulcan Materials Company

Ruth has taught workshops through Auburn University Montgomery, Jacksonville State University, Jefferson State Community College, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Alabama Training Institute. She develops her own training materials and offers an informal grammar hotline for former workshop participants. Her popular blog (Grammar Glitch Central) highlights usage goofs in all media and corrects them with tips on good writing.


As a successful author, Ruth Beaumont Cook has published two books of narrative history as well as four corporate histories and numerous articles on business and the arts. Her most recent book, Guests Behind the Barbed Wire, won the Bronze Medal for History in the Independent Publishers Book of the Year Awards for 2008. It was named a finalist for History Book of the Year by Foreword magazine.


A fascination with history, especially the impact of larger events on everyday life, motivates most of Ruth's writing projects. She is currently at work on a history of the marble quarries near Sylacauga, Alabama. It features the company village of Gantt's Quarry and the influence of artist Giuseppe Moretti.


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To request a workshop for your company, click on "Contact" and fill out the form.

 
 

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ruthcookRuth Beaumont Cook grew up in Bedford, Ohio and earned a BS in German and English education from The Ohio State University. She came to Alabama in 1970 and lives in the Birmingham area.  Ruth combines two busy careers--one as a corporate trainer and facilitator specializing in basic business communication skills, including grammar and usage, punctuation, and format.  She is also a published author with two successful commercial titles, GUESTS BEHIND THE BARBED WIRE and NORTH ACROSS THE RIVER.  Ruth serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Writers' Forum and coordinates St. Mark the Evangelist church's support of the First Light Shelter for Women and Children in Birmingham.

 

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Are you looking for a Lunch and Learn program or a Coffee Course for your staff? How about Oops! Your Grammar Glitches (and other writing slips) are showing!

 

Based on examples from her popular blog (Grammar Glitch Central), Ruth Beaumont Cook presents often hilarious examples of writing Glitches and ways to fix them. The program includes word usage bloopers, apostrophe and comma abuse, and word order nightmares.

 

This one-hour presentation can be expanded to a half-day workshop that offers participants the opportunity to practice fixing the Glitches themselves.  The workshop includes The Cook Book of Writing Solutions.

 

For more information, click the "Contact" button above.