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5 Ways Reading Fiction Helps Your Business Writing Skills

Posted by Kelly Sherman   Apr 13, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Cognitive science research shows that reading fiction makes you a more well-rounded person and will improve your quality of life both personally and professionally.

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Topics: business writing, effective writing, writing skills

8 Emails You Should Write Often and Why

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Mar 23, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Organizations of every type rely on email more than any other communication channel because it’s cost effective, (generally) private, personal, easy, quick, and versatile.

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Topics: business writing, email, email marketing

How to Turn a Formal Email into an Effective Email

Posted by Breanna Lambert   Mar 16, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Remember when all formal correspondence started with To Whom It May Concern? These days, if you receive an email with that as the opener, you’re more likely to send it straight to the trash. The days of proper letters have come to an end, but that doesn’t mean you should use loose, casual language and expect to get what you want. A formal email is not the same as an effective email, but combining the power of the two gives you a better chance of getting the reply you desire.

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Topics: business writing, marketing writing, marketing email, email marketing

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

5 Tips for Writing the Perfect Thank-You

Posted by Terri Porter   Dec 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, writing thank you notes, thank you notes

10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 3)

Posted by Terri Porter   Mar 4, 2015 6:30:00 AM

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we talked about ways you can improve the content of your writing. This final installment offers guidance on fine-tuning what you’ve written.  

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, 10 helpful tips

10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 2)

Posted by Terri Porter   Feb 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

In last week’s post, we discussed the first three tips relating to how to make the content of your business writing better:

1. Know the purpose of the piece and make it clear up front.
2. Write in plain English.
3. Use active voice.

Below we provide the remaining three tips related to improving content, and in Part 3 we’ll tell you how to fine-tune what you’ve written.

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, legal writing, public relations writing, medical writing, marketing writing, 10 helpful tips

10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 1)

Posted by Terri Porter   Feb 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Excellent advice abounds for how to be a better writer in specific fields: public relations/marketing, law, medicine, technology, etc. Despite the nuances specific to those disciplines, certain rules for good business writing apply across the board. Our tips aren’t all-inclusive, but if you follow these guidelines, you’ll improve your business writing exponentially.

We discuss the first six tips, relating to content, today and in Part 2 next week. The third week in Part 3 we'll talk about how to fine-tune what you’ve written.

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, legal writing, writing for your audience, public relations writing, medical writing, marketing writing

Rescue Your Writing from Redundancy

Posted by Terri Porter   Jan 28, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The new year is an absolutely perfect time to make new beginnings in many areas, including your writing. In the same way you might clear out and unclutter your house or apartment, you can rid your writing of redundancies, tautologies and pleonasms — those repetitive words and phrases that include but are not limited to extra words that say the same thing (e.g., begin anew, free gift), words used with acronyms that are part of the acronym (e.g., PIN number, UPC code) and superlatives used for emphasis (e.g., absolutely perfect). The end result will be a positive improvement in your writing, making it tighter, much more concise and infinitely clearer.

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Topics: business writing, financial writing, legal writing

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