Tips for Good Business Writing

Written by June Campbell

You can contribute significantly to your business' success by developing your writing skills.

If you're operating a business, eventually you will be required to write a business document. It could be a business letter, a business proposal, a business plan, a marketing strategy, copy for your web site, a white paper, a job description, an inter- office memo, a Board report, a press release, orů?

There is good news if writing is not your strong point. Writing is a skill that can be learned. With practice, almost anyone can learn to write an acceptable document.

Why is good writing important? First, some people will judge you by your writing. Why risk losing customers or investors because of a poorly written document?

Secondly, good business writing is easier to read and easier to comprehend than poor writing. Clarity is always a goal when writing business documents. Flowery prose is best left to those who write fine literature.

Many written documents show dramatic improvement when a few common writing errors are corrected. Try this test. Find a letter or document you have written, and go through it making repparttar changes listed below. You could be surprised atrepparttar 129365 improvement when you follow these basic guidelines.

Userepparttar 129366 Active Voice Write inrepparttar 129367 active voice instead ofrepparttar 129368 passive voice. That is, rather than writing, "The computer that belongs to my brother," say, "My brother's computer." Rather than writing, "The merchandise that was delivered yesterday," say, "Yesterday's merchandise delivery."

Many people find that by making this one change, they can improve their writing substantially.

Tip: Use MS Word's Spell and Grammar feature to help findrepparttar 129369 passive sentences. It's found inrepparttar 129370 Tool menu.

Use Tenses Consistently Changing tenses through a document is a common mistake. Decide which tense you want to write in, then stick to it. "Tense" refers torepparttar 129371 past, present, or future.

Past Tense: We did it this way. Present Tense: We do it this way. Future Tense: We will do it this way.

Writing Made The Rich #4: Paulo Coelho

Written by Michael Southon

Paulo Coelho was born on August 24th 1947 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

At age 17 he announced his intention to be a writer. It was a decision bitterly opposed by his parents, partly because Brazil at that time was under a military junta that persecuted writers and intellectuals.

Coelho's rebellious behaviour led his parents to have him confined to a mental hospital in Rio de Janeiro where he received shock treatment. He escaped - and was returned - three times.

Withrepparttar arrival ofrepparttar 129363 1960's Coelho threw himself energetically intorepparttar 129364 counterculture of drugs and rock-and-roll.

In his 20's he fulfilled his ambition to be a writer and worked as a playwright, a theatre director, a journalist, and a song-writer for Brazilian pop music stars such as Elis Regina and Raul Seixas.

In 1974, says Coelho "my life collapsed".

That year he was arrested three times,repparttar 129365 first time as an innocent bystander at a bank robbery,repparttar 129366 second time for speaking out againstrepparttar 129367 establishment at a pop concert. After being released byrepparttar 129368 police he was arrested a third time by paramilitaries who tortured him for a week.

Inrepparttar 129369 late 1970's his life was back on track again and he became artistic director for CBS in Brazil.

But in 1979 he was suddenly sacked without explanation and he spentrepparttar 129370 next 2 years knocking on doors trying to get back intorepparttar 129371 music industry.

In 1981 he decided to try his luck in Europe and there met a member of an obscure Catholic Sect that studiesrepparttar 129372 language of symbols: RAM or Regnus Agnus Mundi. He progressed withinrepparttar 129373 sect and eventually became a Magus.

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