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...
3 Writing Skills No One Bothered to Teach You—That You Need to Know Now

3 Writing Skills No One Bothered to Teach You—That You Need to Know Now

I don’t need to keep telling you writing skills have spiraled downward in this country. You can see it all around you, even at the highest levels of government. And if you don’t see it all around you, follow me on LinkedIn where I post real-life mistakes. You’ll become a believer. Nor do you need me to tell you that poor writing skills have a cost—although you probably don’t realize just how astronomically high that cost is. So I’ll share a few shocking numbers with you: Poor writing skills cost American companies almost $400...
How Writing at Work Is Like Cooking at Home

How Writing at Work Is Like Cooking at Home

I love to cook. In fact, I love to cook so much that I wanted to make this whole post on effective business writing about food and cooking instead. But I didn’t. OK, I started out saying waaaaaay too much about cooking. But then I revised it. So, no, this post isn’t going to make your mouth water or give you dinner ideas. But it will give you an analogy for effective business writing by pointing out the parallels between the writing you do at work and the cooking you do at home. Read through the post to see the parallels, and then...