Improve Written Communication Within Your Company - June is “Effective Communications Month”

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Communication is a major part of your everyday life, both personally and professionally. And an important aspect of communication, especially in a business setting, is written communication. The fact is that most professionals spend up to 85 percent of their time writing, so this is clearly one component of communication that has a huge impact on your business and your bottom line.

Communication is a major part of your everyday life, both personally and professionally. And an important aspect of communication, especially in a business setting, is written communication. The fact is that most professionals spend up to 85 percent of their time writing, so this is clearly one component of communication that has a huge impact on your business and your bottom line.

How prevalent is poor writing in the workplace? According to the College Board’s National Commission on Writing, one-third of today’s employees do not have appropriate writing skills. This means that brochures are ineffective, reports are unclear, emails are indecipherable, and writing, in general, is way below par. If you want to compete in today’s marketplace, you need employees who can write clearly, accurately, and concisely. Since June is “Effective Communications Month,” now is a perfect time to work on improving your employees’ written communication skills.

In their new book, Write It Right: The Ground Rules for Self-Editing Like the Pros (Ground Rules Press, $17.95, ISBN 0-9744966-2-6), writing experts Dawn Josephson and Lauren Hidden provide a practical five-step process for self-editing that will enable employees to write stronger, more powerful text. The authors also include a section on grammar and usage, with tips and examples of how to overcome the most common writing challenges that plague business writers.

As Josephson and Hidden state, “When you successfully follow these ground rules for self-editing and the grammar guidelines, you will have mastered one of the hardest business skills – that of creating crisp, succinct, and logical written works. Once you do that, you will greatly improve your business’s communications.”

Dawn Josephson is a professional speaker, internationally acclaimed author, and the Master Writing Coach™. She is president of Cameo Publications, an editorial and publishing services firm, and is the creator of The Ground Rules™ book series. Dawn empowers leaders to master the printed word for enhanced credibility, positioning, and profits.

Lauren Hidden is the founder and president of The Hidden Helper, a virtual assistant services firm. She helps speakers, authors, and business professionals enhance their productivity and free up their time so they can focus on the real reason they’re in business.

For more information or a review copy of Write It Right: The Ground Rules for Self-Editing Like the Pros, please call 866-372-2636 or send an email to Amy@cameopublications.com.

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