Effective Business Writing

by Craig Shrives

How to Write Effectively for Business

Business writing is writing to get something done. Stories and poems are not examples of business writing. They are self-contained. You read a story to understand the story. You read a poem to enjoy the poem. That's not the point of business writing. Business writing is about getting things done and doing it better than the competition.

In business writing, misplaced words, grammar errors, and haphazard formatting all undermine your effectiveness. However, the right text length, the right word choice, a suitable layout, and a touch of flair can boost your business significantly.

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Your Grammar and Credibility

Your Flair

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