Business Writing Skills

Is a Name Suffix Included in a Salutation?

  Reader Question about Name Suffixes: What would be the proper business email or business letter salutation for someone with a II, Jr., Sr., etc. ...

How to Improve Your Employees' Business Writing Skills

How to improve business writing skills is a vexing issue for many businesses. Employees' ability to write clearly and convert complex information ...

Improve Your Business Writing Skills (A Step-by-Step Guide)

It can be confusing when we either realize or are told that we need to “improve our business writing skills.” “Better business writing" is a murky ...

87 Advanced Business Writing Tips [That Actually Work]

I'm excited to share these top 87 business writing tips with you. They were honed while I studied English Literature and Rhetoric, taught writing at ...

Condolence Letter to Business Colleague for Lost Job [Examples]

What to write when a colleague has lost a job? For any type of loss, including job loss, I recommend you err on the side of kindness and connection, ...

127 Top Business Jargon Examples [And How to Fix Them]

Skilled business writing rejects jargon. Yet, industry-specific phrases and buzzwords are very commonly used. Even the best writers can fall into the ...

What is Business Writing? [A Simple Definition]

Business writing is such an interesting application of writing. It’s very pragmatic. Improving your business writing can propel both careers and ...

How Many Spaces Should Be After a Period? (One vs. Two)

Image from Cult of Pedagogy Here is a client question received today, which I often hear in business writing courses: Years back, I was taught that ...

Business Letter and Business Email Salutations [Updated]

Dear Reader: Dear Reader, Hi Reader, Good afternoon, Reader: Hey Reader! Are you confused about shaping salutations in business letters and business ...

4 Types of Business Writing [And When to Use Them]

The world of business writing can seem vast. Each office seems to have variations of documents, each with their personalized templates and industry ...

How to Write a Business Apology Letter [Examples & Tips]

Here is a classic P.G. Wodehouse quote that so illustrates this misplaced focus of posturing to forge relationships: “It is a good rule in life never ...

How to Improve Your Written Communication Skills

How to improve your written communication skills Writing is an everyday activity for many people. So, you’d think that written communication would ...

Learn Business English - The Definitive Guide

  Learning Business English, like any language, is a process that involves dedication and many different strategies. You need to approach learning ...

How to Write a Formal Business Letter in English

A formal business letter requires not only strong grammar and vocabulary, but also appropriate tone, format, and sequence.   Learning how to write a ...

How to Write For a Global Audience [16 unexpected examples]

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Most of the time, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, ...

Business Writing Training Guidelines for Performance Appraisals

Performance appraisals play an important role in motivating your employees and in encouraging them to work to the best of their abilities. Appraisals ...

How to Better Mentor Employees In Business Writing

If your team's business writing ability is weak, it will impact potential revenue and decrease production.  Poor written communication may steer a ...

Improve Business Writing Skills by Measuring What Matters

  Business leaders understand the importance of "good business writing" skills and can differentiate good writing from bad. However, in order to ...

How to Improve Business Writing Skills [A Guide For 2018]

This post will detail how to improve your business writing skills. Syntax (language) and substance (content) are the two required elements that ...

How Non-Native Business Writing Courses Help Global Employees Succeed

Many companies have invested in a global workforce, drawing new strength and innovation from diverse international employees. However, for those who ...

What Does  Mise en Place Mean In A Business Writing Course

“Mise-en-place is the religion of all good line cooks… As a cook, your station, and its condition, its state of readiness, is an extension of your ...

Business Writing: Short Writing Reaps Long Benefits

“Say all you have to say in the fewest words possible, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will ...

How to Write the Dreaded Performance Appraisal: 5 Focused Steps

THEY'RE REQUIRED, SO SHINE It's that time of year. While a performance appraisal really can be an opportunity to shine, many professionals dread ...

How to Measure Employee Business Writing Skills

One of the challenges of improving business writing in an organization is actually measuring business writing skills. "Good business writing" is a ...

How to Hone the Right Tone in Business Writing

Where is the line between personality and professionalism in business writing tone? How much of our personality should shine through our documents? I ...

How to Bring Clarity to Business Writing

Clarity in business writing allows your ideas to be easily understood, free of add-on words that make a sentence murky and convoluted.  There are ...

#1 Business Writing Recommendation for Everything You Write at Work

There are two fundamental questions that you should ask yourself before you write anything in business. Actually, you should ask yourself these ...

Crafting Business Writing Goals for Performance Reviews

To accurately measure employee business writing, it is critical to link the business goals of the employee's key documents to specific writing ...

Business Writing: The Dance of I, You, and We

Business writing resembles a dance in many ways. The writer leads, and the reader follows and responds. There is both grace and logic. Every time you ...

How to Deliver Bad News in Business Writing

Inevitably, we all have to deliver bad news in business writing. A large global heathcare company CEO sent a memo to his U.S. employees, announcing ...

4 Business Writing Lessons from Steve Jobs

Visionary Steve Jobs passed away yesterday from the same illness that took my father. I've long admired Steve Jobs' vision and passion and ...

Business Writing Style: Avoid Silly Verbs Morphed from Useful Nouns

Don't make the business writing error of taking a useful noun, such as mainstream, or action, and morphing it into a business-speak verb like ...

Business Thank You Letter How To

Updated November, 2014 —Thanks to Leslie Harpold for this 6-step process, published in TMN, Oct.1, 2003. Leslie passed away in 2006. I’ve long ...

Business Writing vs. Academic Writing

Recent college graduates often struggle with the difference between academic and business writing. The University of Houston’s Academic Center ...

Business Etiquette Goodbye Message

(Issue 20: July, 2009) by Mary Cullen It is summertime, and my deepest wish is that you are enjoying some time off, rejuvenating and relaxing. Sadly, ...

Power of Short Words in Business Writing

I’ve long admired Richard Lederer’s writing on language. In his 1991 book, The Miracle of Language, Lederer sings the praises of the short word: When ...

Salutation for Letter Sent “In Care Of”

Reader Question: "If you are writing a business letter going to Jane Doe in care of John Doe, would you use Dear John or Dear Jane for your ...