Getting It Right
Keep these tips in mind to make sure we’re all writing in the same voice.
When writing West Virginia University brand content, ask yourself these five questions to help capture the WVU voice.
Be confident, without being arrogant.
We believe in our ability and the ability of our students, but we’re not out to make other institutions or people look bad.
Going first means we’re bold enough for big ideas, and smart enough to launch them.
Be the smartest person in the room.
Be bold, without being aggressive.
We don’t mince words, and the words we do choose are powerful. However, they should always feel encouraging and hopeful.
Innovation will be forged by the fearless.
Innovation will be forged when you stop waiting, and start going.
Be direct, without feeling trite.
Short, simple messages can have a powerful impact. But simple shouldn’t turn into blatantly obvious.
This is where ideas come first.
Be challenging, without being implausible.
We want to challenge current and prospective students to take on the big issues, but keep messages from becoming unbelievable, and losing their meaning.
Leaps and bounds belong only to the bold and brave.
Change the world, starting now.
Be inspirational, without being sentimental.
Think half-time speech, not Hallmark.
The future will be built by those who are willing to get up and go after it.
The future is where your dreams meet preparation.