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Posted by Kimberly Largent, aka Persnickety Editor   Oct 17, 2019 7:30:00 AM

I recently stumbled upon material on business writing that was written by Minerva Heller Neiditz and published in 1993. Although the material needs some minor updating, I was surprised that much of it still applies today in business writing. Neiditz, who is presently 87 years old, wrote this book when she was 61. She’s written several books since; her most recent was published when she turned 85. Neiditz has a varied background that includes advanced degrees, politics, activism, professor, wife, mother, writer, and world traveler. But this is not the complete list.

Her book “Business Writing at Its Best” (Irwin Professional Pub, 1993) is filled with commonsense material on how to write effective business correspondence. If you struggle with writing simple, effective business correspondence, take a page from the Neiditz business-writing playbook. Here are some highlights of her material. (The below outline is not verbatim from her book, and my comments are enclosed in brackets.)

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Topics: business writing, business communications

What You Need to Know About Business Writing in 2018

Posted by Kelly Creighton   Jan 4, 2018 7:30:00 AM

With the advent of new communication technologies and platforms, business writing in the 21st century has drastically changed. Regardless of your industry or occupation, there are certain things you’ll need to know as 2018 begins, if you want your business writing to remain effective.

Data Will Drive Your Business Writing

In 2018, every organization’s reliance on data will increase significantly, especially when it comes to business communications and reporting. According to The Economist, the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. And how each business decides to write about the hundreds of terabytes of data it encounters can make or break its success.

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Topics: business writing, business communications

Implement the Art of Storytelling in Your Business Communications

Posted by Conni Eversull   Nov 16, 2016 7:30:00 AM


Most of us think that a story is fictional, something that doesn’t belong within the same realm as business deals and communications. We have multiple emails to send, meetings to attend, events to host, and reports to analyze. There isn’t time for fairytales!

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, business communications

Use the Right Words to Attract Your Audience

Posted by Conni Eversull   Jul 20, 2016 7:30:00 AM

With the overwhelming content requirements marketers face in today’s digital society, it’s more important than ever to make sure your content attracts your target audience. But you must also keep the search engines happy.

How do you accomplish this and turn your writing into reader-friendly business communications? Do your research and understand your readers’ needs.

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Topics: business writing, search engines, seo, business communications

Is It Ever Okay to Use Slang in Your Business Communications?

Posted by Conni Eversull   May 18, 2016 7:30:00 AM

With the advent of instant messaging and texting, it may seem like we’ve lost all sense of the English language.

Sometimes the use of “u” instead of “you” or saying “gotta” or “wanna” instead of “have to” or “want to” can easily creep into things like email or memos. But here’s the question - is this okay in a business setting?

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Topics: slang, business communications

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