7 Subject Lines for Thank You Notes (After Interviews or Meetings)

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Writing a compelling subject line for a thank you email after an interview is an opportunity for you to shine, if it’s well written. It is is your opportunity to frame the unique value you bring to the company where you want to work.

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Topics: Business Email Writing

How to Write a Performance Appraisal or Review

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Jan 22, 2020

January is often the month that performance metrics are determined for the year. There are two sides to writing a performance evaluation:

  1. Presenting your information for evaluation - the work of the employee
  2. Evaluating performance - the work of the manager
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Topics: Business Writing Resources

Should You Put A Question in the Subject Line of an Email?

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Thu, Jan 16, 2020

We recently received this question from a course participant:

“I have noticed a new trend of people using only the subject line to communicate a question and maybe I am old school, but I am not a fan.”

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Topics: Business Grammar, Business Email Writing

Ellipses: How to Use and Format Them and Common Errors to Avoid

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Nov 11, 2019

An ellipsis (ellipses is the plural) is the … you see all over social media. It has its place for sure, but it’s also wildly overused and, quite frankly, abused.

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Topics: Business Grammar

10 Most Searched For Words in the Thesaurus

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Oct 14, 2019

Here is a list of the top searched words in a thesaurus in the United States. Each item has the average number of searches a month and a few of the top synonyms for each.

Aim for precision in your business writing. A more specific version of an overused word often clarifies meaning and tone.

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Topics: Business Writing Style

12 Best Business Writing Books [Updated 2019]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Because every business person needs to write well at work, there are hundreds of books specifically about business writing. I have a bookshelf and Kindle full of them because I read everything I can on this subject.

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Topics: Business Writing Resources

9 Tools to Help You Create a Proposal [Free & Paid]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Jul 2, 2019

Looking for help with your next proposal?

Preparing a proposal is an important but often daunting task. From preparation, to design, to review, there are many stages to achieve a winning bid.

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10 Best Proposal Examples [With Critical Critiques]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Jun 4, 2019

Earning more business starts most often with an effective proposal. Preparing a winning proposal means writing for the client and providing a clear, valuable solution to their problem.

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Topics: Business Proposals

Writing an Executive Summary that Emotes Confidence

by Mary Cullen on Thu, May 16, 2019

This article illustrates a simple rhetorical strategy, to apply at the sentence level, to increase your readers’ perception of your executive ability. This is a very useful strategy for all executive writing, but it is particularly important when writing an executive summary.

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Topics: Executive Summary Writing

How to Write a Business Email (Updated for 2019)

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Apr 22, 2019

Business emails are a pillar of modern communication. On any given day, the average office worker receives over 80 emails.

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Topics: Business Email Writing

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