and other ramblings of a small business owner
I’ve recently finished reading The Right Way to Write: How to Write Effective Business Letters, Reports, Memos and E-mail by Rupert Morris. Sounds like it might be a bit dry doesn’t it? Luckily the author does know how to write. It turned out to be a very informative and occasionally entertaining book. Published in 1998 it’s not a very recent book (I borrowed a copy from the library) but is nonetheless still relevant. The author goes through different types of business communication to demonstrate good business writing and includes sections on sentence construction and grammar.
The thing that has stayed with me since finishing it is the importance of writing as clearly as possible. Don’t use big words for the sake of it or make your sentences too complicated – otherwise you may come across as pompous (got a feeling I may have been guilty of that at times) and the intended audience may have trouble understanding what you mean. Keep it simple and clear so you won’t be misunderstood. However, what I do need to be careful about is not being so direct that I come across as abrupt – I think in some cases writing does need ‘fluffing up’ up bit to ensure that you get the right tone.
Overall definitely worth a read. It gets you thinking about your writing style and some of the habits you may have got into, and can be used as a practical guide to every-day business writing.
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