Most people today struggle with writing and business writing is even harder than regular writing.
When you are in school, being verbose is a great thing as most homework and assignments have word counts that can be hard to reach if you do not know how to weave a longer paragraph. This gets turned on its ear when you get your first corporate job as people do not want long diatribes but instead want short, concise, focused writing.
At one of my first real managerial jobs, I remember spending hours crafting the perfect email that would refute some negativity being thrown my project’s way and highlight the best things about the project and why it should be allowed to continue. This was an instance where my style of writing worked best but for many other corporate communications, I struggled with making the words more concise and structured and that did not come naturally to me. I tended always on the side of “flowery” writing.
Now, with the training I give and focus on for my students and clients regarding career readiness and the skills I identified for those students to focus on in my college readiness book, the ideas around “writing” skills are much simpler.
The key today is to be able to write, period. To be able to construct a sentence without a emoji or text speak is something that is rarer and rarer these days even with the influx of “common core” and writing focus for most schools.
Most students are still at a disadvantage when it comes to basic business writing. Here are my tips of quick ways anyone can be a better business writer:
Writing skills is definitely a skill of the future and you can be ready for the future with me – learn with me via my books, workshops, my YouTube channel, my podcasts and of course my blog with tons of free advice daily. Happy Hunting!
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Lisa Vento Nielsen