Writing/Editing

Think you can tell when someone is lying? When you must have honesty, it may surprise you to know that face-to-face communication isn’t the best approach. Here’s why …
Busy bosses expect you to read their minds. They rush from appointment to appointment and rarely find time to tell you what you need to know.
Problem: “When addressing a business letter, is it correct to put a comma or a colon after the addressee’s name?” (From Lynne Nelson, Princeton, N.J.)
Proofreading a document for grammar and spelling mistakes won’t snag every error, and while program features such as automatically updated fields help, they aren’t completely foolproof.
Answer the question “What do you want?” or “What should I know?” in the first sentence of your memo, report, e-mail or other piece of business writing, and your time-strapped, information-overloaded readers will see you as a hero.
Several readers recently asked us about the use of semicolons versus commas in a complex sentence.
Standardized replies save you time but can cost you good will. Create templates and common paragraphs that you can pop into an e-mail or letter, then easily personalize. Use these shortcuts:
Just because e-mail is handy doesn’t make it efficient. Indeed, three out of four people delete an e-mail before they finish reading it, a recent survey found.
What to do when passing confidental information.
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You absorb most material that crosses your desk with ease. But once in a while, a heavy assignment—reading a book, proofing a long report or being asked to give your input on a complicated competitive analysis—can throw you off. Stop procrastinating and cut through that daunting reading assignment with these tactics…