Tag Archives: Business Writing

Q: Are you a Business Writer or a Writer in Business?

Here’s a question. Think about it for a second. Are you a writer who’s in business? Or A business person who happens to work in the writing industry? Of course, this doesn’t apply to writers only. What we’re looking at here is your angle on business. I’ll give you an example. In the red corner. […]

129 Deadwood Phrases that Kill Good Writing

Reduce the word count and create more space by pruning dead wood phrases, such as: a majority of – most a sufficient amount of – enough according to our data – we find accordingly – so accordingly – therefore, so add an additional – added – bonus addressees – you advance – planning advance – […]

Video: How to Develop a Better Writing Routine

What’s the difference between a routine and a chore? I think the problem we have with routines is that they feel like a grind. They become a chore. You keep looking for ways to put them off, find loopholes, ways to get out. Here’s a video I put together about it. See if this helps. […]

White Papers: Is there enough interest to justify writing it?

Before you start writing your next white paper, use this checklist to see if there is sufficient interest in the topic. How do you know there is enough interest in your white paper to justify writing it? Writing a white paper takes between five to twenty days. Before starting the writing project, we should check […]

White Papers: How to Create an Outline

Why do we need to create an outline for our white paper? An outline helps you with the following: Keep track of all the moving parts Identify the main sections at a glance Help you to structure the document Identify gaps Ensure that themes are mentioned in the correct location Help you transition from one […]

How can I improve my business writing skills?

Your ability to communicate effectively, persuade others, and motivate teams are influenced by your writing skills. While some people appear to be born great writers, others get there by practice. Let’s look at how you can improve your business writing skills. Set a writing goal Be specific. Decide to improve one area of your business […]

12 Simple Writing Exercises

Summary: If you want to more develop a more efficient writing routine, use the following exercises to warm up and get started faster. Do you find it hard to get started with your writing? Here’s a suggested approach to get started, stay focused, and avoid writer’s block. Location – find a place to start. Like […]

How to Develop a ‘Business’ Writing Style

You know when you’re reading something and you find yourself nodding along, agreeing with the writer, and wish you could write like that? It’s mostly because the writer has tapped into something that resonates with you. Maybe you don’t agree with every word he or she says, but as you enjoy their company, you tend […]

How to Develop a ‘Voice’ For Your Business Blog

What does it mean to write with a voice, say for a corporate blog? If you run your own blog, it’s easy. You write as you please. Why not? You answer to no one. But. If you write for a company, a real business, it’s gets more complicated. Instead of writing to please an audience […]

3-part formula for better business writing

Before you put your hands on the keyboard and start typing, ask yourself: Specific – what’s the one thing I want this person to understand? Response – what’s the response I want from this person? Incentive – what incentive can I give this person to reply as fast as possible? #1 What’s the one thing […]

Why Social Media Makes You Less Creative

Here’s the problem. Imitation is in our DNA. You look at successful people, see how they dress, cut their hair, eat, travel, and try to copy them. The thinking is that if you replicate their actions – the ones that appear to have made them successful – you’re likely to be successful too. Doesn’t work, […]

How to improve your business writing in 15 minutes or less

‘I’d love to be a better business writer but don’t have the time.’ Ever hear yourself saying something like this? We’d all like to be better writers, but… How about if you could sharpen up your writing skills in fifteen minutes a day? Sound like a plan? Here’s how to do it. Getting started: create […]

Is Trying Too Hard Counterproductive?

I finally have my first running injury. I overdid it and now cannot run for a few weeks. And while this is a bummer, I also feel slightly proud that I’ve managed to acquire a running injury, which is surely a sign that I’m trying hard, right? Maybe. Well, not really. The injury occurred because […]

When to use ‘You’ in business documents… and when not to

Proposal writing might be easier if English had the equivalent of ‘usted’ in Spanish. Many languages have a formal and informal way of addressing people that’s not available in English. Maybe in the past, in olde English, ye served this purpose. I’m not sure. If you know, drop me a line. So, is there a […]

How to edit that report when pressed for time

In this tutorial we look at how to edit any document. Before we start: what does it mean to edit a business document? Most people think an edit means: Spellchecking for typos How it looks and feels Grammar (sometimes) Creating a checklist  Instead, create a checklist and review different aspects of the document one by […]