“They want how many words?” Writing assignment –– regardless of their length –– can be some of the most stress-inducing tasks at the workplace. Many people struggle with basic syntax and style, especially if they’re not accustomed to writing in their work normally. So if you find yourself staring down the barrel of an unexpected, or tricky writing task, make sure to follow these simple, (but effective) techniques to improve your business writing skills:
Practice Where You Can
No one’s going to bite your head off if you make a gaff in an email or in a casual memo around the office. But good writing habits start with taking care at the most basic level. So pretend the next text message you send is as important as the proposal you’re currently working on. Little by little, you’ll begin to see a change in your writing style. It might be a strain at first, but keep at it. It’ll pay off in the end.
Keep it Simple
Writing in business is not supposed to be confusing or provocative. The subject of the report should be the star, not the frilly language. A well-written, professional document should contain clear language. It should be precise. And the seasoned writer will know not to pad it with unnecessary frills or buzzwords. In the business world, you need to be clear in your writing, or else no one will care what you have to say.
Research Research Research
If you’re worried about writing a long report or an important proposal, the best way to alleviate those nerves are by working them out. If your presentation calls for you to understand certain scientific instruments, then expend the effort to learn what a micro collection tube is used for. Such information may not even appear in your work, but it’s essential that you endeavor to be an expert at whatever you’re writing about. People can tell when you’re clutching at straws to fill space and time.
Read it out Loud
This will make up for so many other deficiencies. If you read it out loud and it still makes sense, then chances are you’ve written a solid assignment. Remember that writing for business isn’t so much about being technically accurate, or striving for grammatical perfection; it’s not. The most important aspect of professional writing is to convey a set of points clearly. Do that, and everything else will fall into place with practice.
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