Whether you are the new rookie who is writing your very first cover letter, or the seasoned veteran who is preparing to retire, good writing skills is a talent that will help you with every phase of your career.
If you think about how much written communication we generate throughout an average workday, it can only help to brush up on your skills. The good news is that you don’t have to be a published author to be an accomplished skillful writer.
Competent business writing abilities can open doors for you. No matter if you are beginning a new career or branching out within your chosen field, knowing how to express yourself will help you stand out in the crowd.
Clear-cut, crisp communication will always remain a notable attribute.
In today’s fast-paced, technology driven world, most of us rely on emails and text messages to reveal our professional skills to others. It’s also not unusual to have current relationships with colleagues or clients we’ve never met in person, so the shortest written chat could very well make or break an important connection.
If you have good writing skills, it can be one of your best resources to get the deal done.
All professionals, at all levels and ages are smart to re-acquaint themselves with the art of writing. There is no doubt, like most things in life, it will only get easier with practice!
Try these tips to help brush up on your writing skills:
- Reading: Any genre will work, articles, biographies, sci-fi, pop fiction, travel guides, blogs, it doesn’t matter. Find something you like, and after a few weeks of regular reading, you’ll find that a number of words and phrases have stuck in your mind.
- Exercise: Write as often as possible. You will not only find it builds your skills but it will become much easier to write when you need to. Small sessions of 15 minutes will help make a huge difference.
- Check & recheck: Take a few days in between practice sessions. Taking a step back and then rereading your work can give you some perspective. Also try writing on a computer, the spell check programs can be very helpful.
- Journaling: It can be on your smartphone, tablet or the good old fashioned way of writing it down by hand in a book. However you do it, after a few months you will see how much your writing has improved.
- Ask yourself: Once you’ve written a letter to a business contact, ask yourself these questions before sending:
Will the recipient understand the purpose…does your communication get to the point?
Did you use the appropriate level of language and expression that this communication requires?
Are you rambling?
Have you checked your spelling and grammar?
Have you reread it before sending?
Remember that writing isn’t just a tool for communication…it’s a tool for creativity, discovery, investigating, and much more. You will find that writing regularly is a way to develop and produce great ideas, and the more you write, the easier it will become.
It’s never too late and you are never too old to improve your writing. You will be amazed at how quickly you and your business will improve.
Do you and your employees practice to improve your writing skills?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC. We work with successful top executives with a driving ambition to crush their competition. We help CEOs and Entrepreneurs improve alignment, communication and accountability throughout their organization. www.55Questions.com
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