Breaking the silence


Sorry about that.

The silence I mean.

I’ve been away, I’ve been busy, all that, but the real reason I’ve been silent is that I’ve been thinking long and hard about what I should be writing about in this blog, and I’ve been planning what I’m going to write about. It should come as little surprise then that what with all this thinking about writing and planning writing that I’ve decided I’m going to write about writing.

It is after all one of the few subjects I really know anything about.

Over the next year I’ll be using this blog to write my next book – Good Business Writing – and this broadly is what I’ll be covering:

1. Why I’m writing this
2. Why writing matters in business
3. No one writes in the same way
4. The process
5. The fundamentals of the English language
6. What to include and what to leave out
7. Writing clearly
8. Bring your ideas to life
9. Making your writing flow
10. Inspiring your readers
11. Common errors to avoid
12. Putting this theory into practice

I’ll cover a chapter every month with 4-8 posts. Each chapter will be around 3000 words and will contain theory, examples, and real-life case studies of people who’ve succeeded in business by doing this well.

And lucky blog readers you’re going to get all this free! All I ask in return is that you give me feedback – tell me what works, what doesn’t, what you agree with, what you disagree with, what I’m missing out and what I’m covering in too much detail.

So, let’s begin….What do you think to this idea? Will you read it? Will you tell others about it? Is there a need for a book on business writing? Has someone already written one that you can’t see me bettering? What do you think to my content? Anything I’ve missed? What would you find useful in a book like this?

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One response to “Breaking the silence

  1. Lorna Campbell

    Good idea – perhaps it could be made required reading for all graduates as well as those longer in tooth….

    A suggestion you might like to consider for one chapter is the different male/female business styles of writing? One of my clients has done some research into this in relations to email i.e. in general men’s emails tend to be very short and direct. However, this monsyllabic style can be perceived as rude because it can be terse, abrupt and sometimes didactic. Last but not least they are frequently devoid of personal greetings. Women on the other hand tend to be good at friendly and personally engaging opening and closing of emails. They tend to write lengthier emails of several paragraphs and are percieved to be making requests rather than giving orders. The exception is business women who seem to copy the monosyllabic style of men and are perceived in the same way as men. If it would be of interest to know more I can put you in touch with Dr Monica Seeley, email expert. But thought male/female business writing styles might reflect similar traits which could be of interest?

    Best Lorna

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