Topic : Business writing
"Why Businesspeople Speak Like Idiots"
April 14, 2007
"If you think you smell something at work, there's probably good reason," the folks behind Bullfighter software say. "Bull has become the official language of business. Every day, we get bombarded by an endless stream of filtered, jargon-filled corporate speak, all of which makes it harder to get heard, harder to be authentic, and definitely harder to have fun. But it doesn't have to be that way." How can you fight this? Download free software here, and Bullfighter will help you rid the you-know-what from your writing forever.
Keep Track of "Track Changes"
April 7, 2007
"Track Changes" is the popular tool in MS Word that lets you work on a documents collaboratively, a handy option that many of us use every day. But as the website Law Practice Today cautions: "Some features could lead to potentially embarrassing, revealing or compromising situations." When attorneys raise the red flag, it pays to take precautions. How? Read the article here.
Blog Du Jour
Putting It Plainly
April 4, 2007
"People who require assistance," in other words, "if you need help," that is, help writing clearly and in plain language, check out the resources below. In the event that you, to cite an example, endeavor to discourse about the products of your company -- whoa, hold on there -- I mean, if you want to talk, say, about your company's products, why not do it simply and succinctly? (Thanks to the terrific Manage Your Writing for the inspiration)
Writing Memos For Word of Mouth
March 24, 2007
The Church of the Customer blog, written by marketing gurus Ben McConnell and Jackie Huba, recently ran a post on the power of the company memo: "The lowly memo still has juice. Maybe more so today, thanks to social media. Several recent memos that leaped over their corporate moats illustrate three types of company communications that create waves in the word-of-mouth waters." How? Read the post here.
Blog Du Jour
Blogging for Business
March 21, 2007
Books we love
Business Communication 2.0
March 19, 2007
Indiana University professor and communications consultant Dr. Ken Davis authors a terrific website called Manage Your Writing. On it, he lists these ground-breaking books about communications for business:
Don't Be Afraid to Sound Genuine
March 17, 2007
Building Rapport is a blog that advocates plain language and clear writing -- and offers concrete advice on how to get there. It recently featured an entry called, simply, "Simplify," where it lists a half-dozen or so ways to get to the heart of whatever matter you're writing about. Read the post here.