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April 18, 2016

You and your employees don’t have to diagram sentences to brush up on essential grammar skills. But you should recognize how much grammar counts in business writing.

 

When speaking, you pause for effect or indicate details with gestures or other aids. Writing presents an entirely different communication arena – one that relies heavily on grammar. Ev...

February 17, 2016

Writing with clarity is essential, but writing with brevity is more difficult, especially in business writing. For example, a manager might be so concerned about covering all bases that he or she uses too many words or vague sentences and concepts. Sure, it's important that business writing be accurate, but it's also important to keep communication...

February 11, 2016

Instantaneous messages on social media or through email can be fraught with errors and create misunderstandings. Learning to write effectively for business is so important largely because written messages lack the nuances of volume, tone, facial gestures and body language.

 

Today, we use email to communicate about all sorts of important matters. The...

September 14, 2015

Critical business and sales emails won’t work for you or your company if nobody opens the message. If you consider that some of your top clients or prospects receive upwards of 100 messages a day, you get why a savvy, effective subject line is the key to email open rates. 

Here are six tips sure to help:


1. The best advice is to get to the point....

July 8, 2015

There’s a reason you had to read novels in school and then complete a book report. First, reading is an essential competence. Second, reading a published novel that’s well written and edited can only improve your grammar skills!

 

Whether English is your first language or you are a non-native English speaker, reading helps you better understand gramm...

May 27, 2015

Sure, most employers find value in the performance of employees, such as showing responsibility, skill and loyalty to the company. But there are many instances in which employees—or candidates hoping to become employees at a company—must use their writing skills to impress employers. In fact, a 2010 MetLife Survey  revealed that 97% of executives r...

January 27, 2015

As the New Year gets into full swing, here are two great books to have on your shelf. These work for writers and those aspiring to improve their business writing or prose.

 

One is “Gwynne’s Grammar: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English” (Knopf). Making the case to a return to the “serious business” of good grammar, N....

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