Category: Business Writing

Epic Fail: Proofread Your Writing Before Going To Print

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What is an “Epic Fail”? The term, “FAIL” is widely used as an Internet trope where people superimpose the word, “FAIL” on images of the unsuccessful, or that which does not live up to what is expected. Usually, these FAILs aim to make people laugh and are quite funny. A few years ago, a teacher … Read On >

       

Abbreviations: Should I Abbrev. or Abbreviate?

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Should I Abbrev. or Abbreviate?  When it is appropriate to use abbreviations? When using abbreviations (and contractions), remember that it means that there is less formality in your communication. That’s fine, depending on the audience. If you are writing an ultra-formal document (think about how a wedding invitation reads), there should be no abbreviations. When … Read On >

       

Capital Ideas: Majuscules and Minuscules (Using Capital Letters)

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Using Capital Letters Using capital letters properly is a sign of respect for your audience and subject. By not using, or misusing capital letters, your readers may think that you don’t know what’s correct (or even worse, don’t care). It may send a message to others that makes you look thoughtless. None of us would … Read On >

       

Email Etiquette

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Email Etiquette

Email: It can be a Problem-Solver, or a Creator? How you write effects how you are perceived. THE NEXT GENERATION: My teenage daughter asked the other day: “Would it be passive/agressive to anonymously send someone the Email Etiquette class book?” I told her that would be bad form.  But for someone her age to notice a problem is … Read On >

       

Reduce Wordiness. Be Concise.

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Reduce Wordiness

An overload can slow things down.  This principle holds true with words. When communication is too wordy, readers “gray out.” It is time to reduce wordiness. From now on, imagine that each word you use will cost you 75¢!  If money was involved (really, it is), we all would work on being clear and concise, … Read On >

       

Repetitive Redundancy, Again and Again

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Doing (or saying / writing) the same thing twice is counterproductive. Avoid double work in communication! Pretend that each word you use will cost you .75¢ (look for ways to contain costs). Oftentimes, a “repetitive redundancy” will show up in speech or writing. For each of these examples below, see how words can be deleted, making … Read On >

       

Elevate Your (Writing) Style

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Elevate Your Writing Style

Having a higher-level writing style means being formal. Formal writing (following form, custom, rule) shows the highest degree of respect for the audience.