Category: The Dotted Line

Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: Is it a quick one?

Whatever the truth about our attention span, most readers are inherently time-constrained and only interested in what’s-in-it-for-me. So how do you write a contract so it is quick to use? Read the full edition here If your contract is in plain language, what more do you need to make it

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: Well duh!

When I created my first 500-word contract, some of the feedback I got from lawyers was that it was too short and didn’t cover everything. Well duh! At just 500 words it cannot be fully comprehensive, but it can be far more comprehensible. Read the full edition here How can you be more

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: Does it bother you?

When you eat at a restaurant, are you bothered by the tasks involved or time taken, or are you simply interested in whether you are eating good food? If we wouldn’t tell a chef how to poach an egg (do their job), why do so many contracts focus on telling

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: Do you read them?

How many of you read the on-line terms and conditions? According to data from PLAIN it is less than 0.22% who even bother to skim read them. If your contract is a tool to help you do business, it should be one that readers pay attention to. Read the full

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: A better approach

The traditional image of contracts was between masters and servants. But in this hyper-connected world, we need a new approach. A better contractual approach is based on liberal generosity. Read the full edition here Learning to roll with the punches… contractually: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_q76I_qAN4

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: Give some TLC

As you know, I am obsessed with T&C. After a talk about simple contracts for PSA Yorkshire, a lady in my audience suggested I start to weave in “TLC” into my content. I wasn’t such a big leap of inspiration as I was already proposing using just 500 words… aka

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: Be kind…

This is not really a time of year when you will be thinking of contracts… and I have to resist the temptation not to groan when there is the inevitable joke about the ‘Santa Clause’ (ho ho ho). Thankfully, my A-to-Z is always positive and this edition focuses on kindness.

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: It needs to change

Most contracts make your heart sink – they are devoid of personality and bland. They focus on actions not emotions. Most contracts could be sent by any anonymous global corporate. Perhaps we should change that? Read the full edition here Can your contract be a ticket of trust? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT4Z7bnjmWA

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: How to innovate?

150 years ago paper bank notes were introduced in England and were signed individually… if banking can go digital, why haven’t your contracts? Read the full edition here What are you waiting for? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6oxKmLkocI

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Sarah Fox

The Dotted Line: Are they helpful?

Even if you don’t want to create game-changers, at the very least your contracts should be tools to help you do business. But more often, contracts are more of a hindrance than a help. Why should we and how can we change that? Read the full edition here What does

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