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The Only Five Ways to Organize Your Writing

The Only Five Ways to Organize Your Writing

You might be scratching your head as you try to arrange your topics before starting to write, but you only have five ways to organize information. Many business communications professionals don’t invest much time, if any, in organizing. They assume that as long...
How to Make Your Writing Relevant to the Reader

How to Make Your Writing Relevant to the Reader

Whether you are announcing news via the traditional press release or using only social media channels, be sure to write for your readers. Understand your audience’s mind might be the oldest principle of communication, and yet, it also might be the one people...
Clear, Graceful Writing

Clear, Graceful Writing

Blending and restructuring sentences can create fluid and more concise writing that keeps readers moving.   The simplified, declarative sentence is powerful. “You should send me the details soon,” and “Cari met with me yesterday to discuss the...

Coherent, Engaging Writing Requires Planning

Whether you are a business professional writing a detailed memo or an author writing a book, you need a sense of direction. Ha Jin, an award-winning novelist, says that when he plans a book, he creates an outline that includes the beginning, the chapters, the major...

Passive Writing: Know When to Use It

Most Americans continue to hear, “Write active sentences,” but that doesn’t mean passive writing is wrong. Just know when to use it. Managers grumble, “Why is there so much passive writing?” and insist that people “write in the...