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Business Writing Practice: Change to Active Voice and Clean Up the Clutter

Have you been told to use active not passive voice in your business writing? Probably. And if not, you're hearing it now. I came across a useful example of the passive voice and edited it below to illustrate the difference. Read through the before version and see where you would make changes, not only to… Continue reading Business Writing Practice: Change to Active Voice and Clean Up the Clutter

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Business Writing Advice: Pay Attention to the Details! (AKA Don’t Look Stupid)

Something has been lost in our hurry-up world: attention to detail. And some of the most important business writing advice we need to learn by heart is that details do matter! Details matter because paying attention to details saves time for the writer and the reader, and protects the credibility of the businessperson and the brand.… Continue reading Business Writing Advice: Pay Attention to the Details! (AKA Don’t Look Stupid)

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Professional Business Writing Tips: Why “I Feel” Weakens Your Writing

Professional business writing tips should include “be wary of trends” because every few years it seems we have some kind of odd language trend that dumbs down our communications. In the recent past, we’ve experienced the persistent “you know” inserted into almost every sentence and now we have the annoying “no worries” that’s currently used… Continue reading Professional Business Writing Tips: Why “I Feel” Weakens Your Writing

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On Long Country Drives, Rustic Wooden Signs, and Annoying Apostrophe Errors

I spent this past weekend with women I've been friends with for 40 years. It was long overdue and delightful, and I laughed until my stomach hurt. But my eyes also hurt because while driving through the countryside to get to the beachfront rental, I'd repeatedly see people's last names on signs in front of… Continue reading On Long Country Drives, Rustic Wooden Signs, and Annoying Apostrophe Errors

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Business Writing Skills

5 Characteristics of Good Business Writing

When we talk about good business writing skills, we are not talking about academic writing or formal stuffy writing or writing that uses lots of adjectives or that sounds self-important. That’s because the writing we do at work has a very specific purpose, and that purpose is not to make ourselves sound more intelligent or… Continue reading 5 Characteristics of Good Business Writing