Successful Writing at Work Means Dropping Out of the Cult of Busy-ness

Successful Writing at Work Means Dropping Out of the Cult of Busy-ness

Successful writing at work requires more than typing a lot of emails. It requires solid writing skills and a focus on clear and concise communications. And it’s harder than it sounds. In part, that’s because you might be lacking the three business writing skills no one taught you, as I’ve said before. But you’re also up against the culture of our time—a culture that worships busy-ness and task saturation. And you know what kind of work writing comes out of a culture like that? Sucky writing that wastes time and fails to communicate....
Paragraph Transitions: Ways to Be a Leader for Your Reader…and Get Your Point Across

Paragraph Transitions: Ways to Be a Leader for Your Reader…and Get Your Point Across

Do paragraph transitions sound boring? Yeah. They sound boring to me too. But you need them. And if I can work through the boring to write this post, you can work through the boring to read it. So keep reading… First off, I know I’m not the only out there making online classes to help people be better writers at work. However, I think I’m the only one basing my lessons on copywriting techniques vs. taking the approach of a strict English teacher. Yet there are times when we have to get granular. And when that happens, my advice...
Flow Between Paragraphs Means Stronger, Streamlined Writing

Flow Between Paragraphs Means Stronger, Streamlined Writing

With the pandemic and people working from home, we’ve all heard about the empty highways and lack of traffic. At my house, I have probably heard more about it than most because my husband was commuting each day—and enjoying the easy drive. (He works in aircraft maintenance, so WFH was not an option.) As our stay-at-home order ends and people hit the road once more, my husband’s commute is clogging up again, and that got me thinking about paragraphs. Yes, paragraphs. When paragraphs don’t flow, when writing lacks transitions or ideas...
Effective Business Emails Save You Time—a Lot of Time!

Effective Business Emails Save You Time—a Lot of Time!

Why should you care about effective business emails? Because they save time, both for you and for the people you email. How do they save time? Because you write fewer emails when you are better at it. When you’re a competent and considerate writer of emails, you cut down on the unnecessary back-and-forth email traffic and the clutter in your inbox. And your reward? You get back time. Better emails = better brand + time saved In my last post on business email writing, I talked about email’s effect on your personal brand at work, and...
Writing Emails at Work: Are You Making or Breaking Your Brand?

Writing Emails at Work: Are You Making or Breaking Your Brand?

Writing emails at work is something we do on automatic pilot but shouldn’t, because how you email matters. Would you show up for work in rumpled pajamas and bed hair? Would you slouch in your chair scrolling through your Instagram feed on your phone while in a one-on-one meeting with your boss? No and no, because you know your appearance and body language are a reflection of your professionalism (and brand) in the workplace. But do you realize the same is true of the emails you write? How you do email is part of your brand In a...