Business writing is the practice of writing clear, concise, and professional documents, including emails, reports, proposals, and other types of business communication. Business writing aims to inform, persuade, or motivate the reader to take a specific action, and is an important skill for professionals to develop in order to effectively communicate.
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Why Written Communication MattersWritten communication is crucial in the business world, as it reflects a person's professionalism and can impact the success of a company.
Business Writing Style AdviceBusiness writing should be clear, concise, and tailored to the audience. It should also avoid jargon and use active voice.
- A Founder's Guide to Writing WellDave provides advise on business writing style, including: 1. Use short, simple words. 2. Let your verbs do the work. 3. Eliminate a̶l̶l̶ unnecessary words. 4. Use simple verb tenses. 5. Avoid the passive tense.
How to Write Emails WellWriting effective emails involves using a clear subject line, addressing the recipient properly, and keeping the message brief and to the point. It's also important to proofread and avoid using emotional language.
- What no one tells you about writing effective emailsSid provides an example of an email written poorly, and then upgrades it to a well-written one. The well-written version includes: • Know your audience • Subject with clear urgency • Concise summary with goals and next steps • Links for easy access to more details • Precise next steps with timelines • Clear expectations on next update • Clarification of ownership
Writing for Strategy and DecisionsWriting for strategy and decisions involves using data and analysis to make informed choices. It also requires considering the potential consequences of decisions.
- The Pyramid PrincipleAmeet explains the three parts of McKinsey's pyramid principle for business writing: 1. Start with the answer first. 2. Group and summarize your supporting arguments. 3. Logically order your supporting ideas.