Archive: effective business writing

Should You Ditch Laptop Note-Taking?

Should You Ditch Laptop Note-Taking?

A psychologist says that we remember more when we handwrite because the brain has time to absorb the meaning. Business professionals and students are increasingly using laptops to take notes in meetings and classes, because it’s faster and because everyone is...
Don’t Slow Down Your Reader with this Mistake

Don’t Slow Down Your Reader with this Mistake

Quotes are often followed by an executive’s lengthy title, sometimes more than one, but that level of specificity just slows the reader. Attribution is important, but there is no need to be excessive. The bank news release quote ended with  … said Pam...
Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

Don’t Be a Lazy Writer: Don’t Go Comma-less

We could live without some commas, but eliminating all of them would hinder clarity, and people would waste time rewriting the sentence just to avoid using them. A linguist at Columbia, John McWhorter, says that many text messages and email illustrate that most commas...