Improve Your Writing Skills -- Use the 10 Rules for Effective Business Communication

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Have you ever stopped to think about the impact your writing is having on your career? Consider this: think back to the last time a poorly written email or memo came across your desk. Odds are you probably questioned the authority of the individual to write on the subject at hand, especially if you didn’t know the person composing the text. Are your colleagues and business associates thinking the same thing about you?

Have you ever stopped to think about the impact your writing is having on your career? Consider this: think back to the last time a poorly written email or memo came across your desk. Odds are you probably questioned the authority of the individual to write on the subject at hand, especially if you didn’t know the person composing the text. Are your colleagues and business associates thinking the same thing about you?

No one wants their hard work to be a poor reflection of their knowledge. Most people (and companies) equate communication skills with intelligence. If you have poor or unrefined written communication skills you could be doing damage to your carefully built career.

Master Writing Coach™ Dawn Josephson identifies the keys to improving the business-related written communication skills of any writer in her article 10 Rules for Effective Business Communication. Here are three of these practical tips:

1)    Know your audience. Are you writing to the employees, customers, the board? Each of these audiences has different needs and expects different messages and tones.

2)    Write to express, not impress. Business people often get caught up in their titles and feel the higher up they are, the bigger and more impressive their words and concepts have to be. True genius is when you can explain your idea in such a way that a five-year-old can understand it.

3)    In sentences containing both good and bad news, give the bad news first. For example, "While we can’t give you the raise right now because funds are tight, we can give you bonus based on the additional revenue you bring into the company over the next six months."

Dawn Josephson’s article 10 Rules for Effective Written Business Communication is available to run at no charge in your publication. Simply include Dawn’s byline and contact information in the article and forward three finished publications that include the article or book review. Dawn is also available for an interview.

Dawn Josephson, the Master Writing Coach™, empowers leaders to master the printed word for enhanced credibility, positioning, and profits. She is a professional speaker and internationally acclaimed author of the book Putting It On Paper: The Ground Rules for Creating Promotional Pieces that Sell Books (Ground Rules Press, $19.95, ISBN 0974496618). Dawn is also the co-author (with Lauren Hidden) of the new book Write It Right: The Ground Rules for Self-Editing Like the Pros (Ground Rules Press, $17.95, ISBN 0974496626).

For more information, a copy of the article 10 Rules for Effective Written Business Communication, or a review copy of Putting It On Paper: The Ground Rules for Creating Promotional Pieces that Sell Books, please call Kimberly King at 866-372-2636 or send an e-mail to Kimberly at cameopublications.com.

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