Effective business writing is concise, accurate, unambiguous, logical and easily understood.
Employees must write without clutter to avoid any possible misinterpretations or
Almost all business activities are created, planned, implemented and analyzed by using the written word.
From reports to letters, and memos to email, any document, in fact, that communicates something about business contains vital information to conduct business.
Poorly written business documents can produce unintended results and potentially dastard consequences.
Moreover, bad business writing is an epidemic that few professionals are willing to openly discuss.
Companies waste billions of dollars in lost productivity when employees are unable to write clearly and concisely with a focused message for their intended audience.
Avoid poor business writing by using the hand-selected resources below for email, memos, and resumes and cover letters.
Use paragraphs to organize your writing in order to communicate a focused message while a strong vocabulary to communicate your thoughts with the right words.
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Email is ubiquitous at the office and an essential part of business writing.
From smartphones, tablets, and laptops, it is important to not only check your email, but respond accurately.
Use these resources below to craft your email for an effective message.
The Business Memo
Writing Professional Memos (.pdf)
Resume and Cover Letters
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Use these resources to get started!
Resume and Letter Writing Guide (.pdf)
Harvard Career Services – Guide (.pdf)
Meanwhile, avoid these mistakes shown in the video below.
The paragraph is the basic organizational unit of writing.
These four to five sentences should contain ONE idea.
Consult the following blog posts to construct the best paragraph possible!
A strong vocabulary is essential to success not only in business, but life in general.
Think of each new term as a deposit in your lifetime learning bank.
Research suggests a correlation between the size of your lexicon and your success.
Thus, a large reservoir of words and expressions help you write with greater accuracy by communicating your powerful message in the least words possible.
Consider my eBook, Grow Your Word Power: 301 Useful Vocabulary Terms, to build your vocabulary now.
Also, watch the following video to help you remember vocabulary.
For many native and non-native English speakers, grammar is a great challenge.
In business writing, good grammar must be fundamental.
Poor grammar reduces your credibility and detracts from your message.
In addition, bad English grammar suggests that the writer is careless and worse, unprofessional.
Grammar Girl (podcast)
Along with bad grammar, precise punctuation can sink your business documents.
Check out these links to avoid carless errors.
Basic Punctuation Marks Explained
Punctuation in Business Writing (.pdf)
Business Writing Tips
Common Mistakes in Writing