When Writing at Work
In the workplace, our competence is often measured by our ability to communicate, both verbally and in writing. How we write is as important as what we write. This blog gives you an opportunity to check and improve your writing skills by exploring the various aspects of writing, including:
- Context (your purpose and audience);
- Content (your message);
- Structure (how you organize the document); and,
- Syntax (grammar and words you use)
I know that you are very busy and must write quickly and often the midst of noise and chaos. So, I promise to keep the blog short and simple. For example, I will not give you 27 tips for improving your e-mails, but may give you five (5).
Also, I will:
- Examine the most common mistakes writers make and how to avoid them.
- Explore ways to organize your writing projects.
- Discover ways to enhance your collaborative writing skills.
- Provide a forum for discussing the problems you face in writing for the workplace.
- Offer resource links to help you with your writing.
- Have some fun with writing and words (such as, do you know the meaning of omphaloskepsis)
This blog is based on more than 20 years of workplace writing; not just letters and memos; but proposals, strategic plans, reports, project scope documents, user guides, project process reports, employee communications, annual reports, etc. I have been there, done that, and got the scars. So, the goal of this blog is to help you write effectively for work and avoid the mistakes I made, thus preventing the metaphorical scars that result from comments like. “It’s OK but…” followed by a microscopic dissection of your carefully written document.
I will not:
- Ask you to buy an e-book or a downloadable video;
- Require that you register for something; or,
- Send you long newsletters that you don’t have time to read.
I invite you to:
- Browse the blog;
- Ask questions;
- Make suggestions, comments, etc.; and,
- Share this site with you co-workers, friends, family, etc.
Enjoy your adventures in the curious world of business writing.
Q: What kind of writing pays best?
A: Ransom notes
~ Elmore Leonard, Get Shorty (1990)
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