Writing/Editing

When addressing a professional audience, be careful using words that aren’t spelled the way they sound.
Power up your correspondence by reading it aloud before sending it.
You’ve probably heard of the body’s instinctive “fight or flight” reaction to stress, but have you heard of “tend or befriend”?
Please address the use of the word “bad” versus “badly.”
It’s a common communication in the business world, but it’s often not very polished: the request letter.
Three-quarters of today’s execs use e-mail as their primary form of communication. So, make sure your messages stand out amid the e-mail avalanche by crafting them as if the boss has only 10 seconds to read them.
One brainy, effective method to gain respect within your organization is to build up your profile in the outside world. These approaches can help.  
The phrase that annoys me most lately — “more importantly” — is widely used on television shows and commercials alike. It seems to me that it should be “more important,” unless the speaker is referring to the way something is done. Do you agree?
You’ve probably noticed how email can bring out the worst in people. Don’t let it tempt you to misuse it. Steer clear of these five common temptations:
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Who hasn’t started writing a thank-you or condolence note, only to encounter "the big um" after the first sentence? "The big um is when you get your first couple of words out and wonder, ‘What’s next?’" says Angela Ensminger, co-author of On a Personal Note: A Guide to Writing Notes with Style. "That blank paper is very intimidating." Great personal notes come from taking these five steps:
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