Business documents are a critical part of successful business communication. You are engaged in discourse with professional people. These individuals and companies know their stuff. Time always seems to be in short supply. Most people are moving at the speed of the internet. Opportunities come and go at the speed on...
An executive summary is a jumping-off point for your business plan. You have taken the time to do research, get the number, and figured out a way for your company to improve itself or for you to start a business. Now you just need to present it to those...
If you're reading this, there's a high chance you have a report due for a business idea you're trying to secure or market. Whatever the reason for your business report, it's important to note that your target audience most likely gets reports all the time and might be tired...
It can sometimes appear to be very difficult explaining various things or concepts to many of the people around you. Everyone has completely different and unique experiences and knowledge, which means that the person you’re talking to at the moment might not know what exactly you’re talking about right...
It’s no secret: writing a good cover letter is a challenge, especially if it’s your first time. The secret? Stop obsessing! Your cover letter should be no more than a concise introduction of who you are, what you can do, and, most importantly, why you are the best fit...
This is a blog about business writing—not politics. But Elizabeth Warren’s recent fall in poll numbers and weak results in primaries are directly tied to the message she is communicating. And that IS a writing issue. Senator Warren doesn’t need to change her ideas and well-planned programs. She needs...
Reader Lionel B. Dyck has provided us with a great, weird headline to improve. It’s from “The Jerusalem Post.” Yes, newspapers are a special breed of writing, and headlines must be concise. But this one cuts so many words that it hurts my logical head. How would you clarify...
For many of us, it’s difficult to write about ourselves without feeling uncomfortable. Maybe that’s because of childhood messages we heard about being modest. I, for one, had an imposing old aunt who announced, whenever I was happily bragging, “Self-praise stinks.” Yet even my twenty-something daughter, raised in a...
By Allison Horak   -- Supervisors often feel their employees can’t write well. How about you? Do you spend time correcting the same mistakes repeatedly for your employees? One way to address this issue is to carve out time for coaching, especially for employees whose work involves a lot of writing. To...
I'm copyediting a book this week, so I have immersed myself in rules and rule-breaking for nonfiction writing. The project is a church history. To work quickly, I have been using my grammar and spelling checker to make obvious errors and inconsistencies pop. One that keeps popping is passive...