What’s the word? No. Yep, that’s it. N-O. Think on this for a sec: “No” is one of the easier words to learn when attempting a new language because no matter where you are in the world; the word is the same or very similar. Soooo why is it so darn difficult for us to […]
Category: Business Writing
Want to know what sucks the most when writing for your business? That there’s no “perfect” formula, writing template or magical potion that guarantees people will download, buy, subscribe or otherwise do what you’re asking of them.
So what should you do?
You can either smash your computer to tiny, little pieces or you can learn to write in a way that gets people to do all sorts of dirty things to you – like smack the ‘buy’ button and whip out their credit cards. Yeah baby!
Redundant phrases annoy people. And they suck the life right out of your writing. In redundant phrases, one word does all the “work” in delivering the message while the other word(s) sit around and watch.
I don’t know about you, but laziness annoys me. I want all my words to work hard to deliver my message. Here’s the thing, you probably don’t even know that you’re using redundant phrases because they’re so commonplace. But your readers notice because they drain the power from your explosive words. So please do a sista a favor and watch out for these “word power” burglars:
Hate to write? Sorry to break it to you but owning a business means you’ll undoubtedly need to write about yourself and your services.
The awesome news is that business writing is easier than you think. So grab your No. 2 pencil and a notebook because you, my friend, are about to write some super epic words on that blank page you’ve been staring at.
Ready to stop saying you hate to write? Well let’s get into these 4 writing tips carefully crafted just for you.
Tip #1: Write like you talk
Using poor grammar or spelling in your business communications is like having an entire conversation with bread crumbs on your upper lip from that tasty sandwich you had for lunch. Talk about awkward and embarrassing!
In our busy lives, it’s very easy to hit ‘send’ too quickly before really giving your email the eagle eye. So my first advice to you is slow down and take time to proofread.
(Wish I’d slowed down before sending that email last week with a typo *Sigh*). But hey, it happens to the best of us … because no one’s perfect.
As a kid, I read the dictionary (I know – a completely nerd move) and grew up loving words. I’m always asked to read, rewrite or proofread and I love it!
Over my years of writing, I’ve seen some words that trip up even the best grammar gurus. They’re tricky and have folks running to the dictionary whenever they come into play.