Writing/Editing

Why business writing skills are important

Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene are the authors of The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Effective Writing on the Job, recently published in an updated second edition. We contacted them to get their best advice for administrative professionals who want to improve their workplace writing skills.

How to craft compelling emails

Writing emails that result in a “yes” requires writers to be clear and upfront about what they’re asking for. Take these tips from Jocelyn Glei, editor-in-chief at 99U, to do just that.

Better writing = better business ties

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston is a writing instructor who has helped thousands of employees and man­­agers im­­­­prove their business writing skills. She’s also the author of the Better Writing at Work monthly newsletter. We spoke to her about the importance of great business writing and bad email behaviors that admins should avoid.

Setting up a company style sheet

To help you and your colleagues stay consistent in your written communications, Bonnie Trenga Mills, author of The Curious Case of the Mis­­placed Modi­­fier, shares tips on how to make a style sheet for everyone’s reference.

Apps that help nurture your writing skills

If your writing isn’t up to snuff, you risk miscommunicating information and looking less competent and professional than you really are. AppoLearning found four applications to help you polish your writing skills and get your point across every time:

Craft the perfect LinkedIn message

Just because you’re networking on­­line doesn’t mean it’s OK to throw basic etiquette out the window. Learn to write LinkedIn messages that people will want to read with these tips.

5 tips for writing 'power' headlines

Whether you're writing a report, a presentation or a newsletter story, your headlines can make or break your document. Here's how to remedy even the worst headlines.

4 tips for better written communication

When you’re drafting an email, memo or other written communication at the office, there are key elements to consider as you work to clearly and accurately communicate your message. Communications specialist, writer and editor Corinne LaBossiere offers four tips for successful business writing.

Email practices that actually prompt action

It's easy to dash off quick email messages and push "Send" before you've made sure that deadlines, action items and next steps are absolutely clear. Follow these strategies from Deborah Dumaine, author of Write to the Top.

Improve your writing on the job: 10 tips

If you work in an office environment, writing is probably a big part of your day and reflects on your professionalism. Anita Bruzzese offers some tips to improve your style and prevent embarrassing communications errors.