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There’s a Better Way to Provide Writing Training

The human resources (HR) department is an integral part of most corporate organizations. Managing tasks from hiring (and firing) to analyzing organizational gaps and developing and administering corporate training, today’s HR experts often focus on driving competitive advantages for the company. But in certain situations, bringing in outside support to supplement your HR team is […]

Is Your Writing Training Effective Long Term?

In today’s economy, most business leaders know that every cent counts. So when you decide to invest in an internal company benefit such as business, scientific, or technical writing training for your employees, it’s important that you get your money’s worth both during and after the event. Few company decision-makers would devote resources to research, […]

Learn the Hard and Fast Fact About Writing

If your employees consider the writing they do for work “hard,” but your company considers it a “soft” skill, you might want to rethink your process. Certain scientific or technical skills fall clearly in the “hard skills” category. Knowledge of certain tools and software, the ability to create and understand engineering tables, and the skill […]

The Hidden Deliverable is Written Content

What are the primary deliverables for most science, technology, and engineering professionals? If your team members would say, “research,” “product development,” or “services,” they’re likely leaving out some vital pieces. After all, research requires papers, process documents, and detailed notes. Product releases require data sheets, marketing collateral, and specification documents. And services come only after […]

Why the ‘Just Do It’ Approach Doesn’t Improve Employees’ Writing Skills

In our previous blog post, we discussed an all too prevalent issue: the fact that technical and business professionals often lack the writing skills they need to complete necessary business documentation. How can your organization’s leaders help employees improve their writing? Nike might encourage us to “Just Do It,” but unfortunately, that isn’t always the […]

Writing on the Job: Are You Asking Too Much?

Ever heard of the actor’s nightmare? The term is used to describe a common stress dream in which you find yourself on stage without having memorized your lines or even knowing which play is being performed. Or perhaps you realize you’re late for the final exam in a class you don’t remember having attended. Or […]

A Workout Free Step to Personal and Professional Success

Empires have been built on writing about the habits of successful people. But one of the most important habits, one that top executives cite again and again, is simply the act of writing itself. Take a look at lists of executive and CEO tips in publications like Time Inc. and Fast Company: all include daily […]

Bad Business Writing is no Laughing Matter

Poor communication in business is so common that it’s become a comic staple. Workplace sitcoms involve bumbling managers who hit “Reply All” on vague or inappropriate memos. We joke about software that’s so obtuse it’s nearly impossible to navigate and user documentation that’s laughably inadequate. It’s hilarious — when it’s make-believe. But shoddy communication in […]

Is Your Organization Losing Opportunities Due to Poorly Written Proposals?

Business proposals are central to operations in many industries. Whether your team writes sales, research, or grant proposals, they must be persuasive enough to convince your readers to take the desired action. Unfortunately, writing proposals is often one of the least favorite activities of businesspeople, researchers, and engineers. However, better writing means better responses to proposals: […]

Try It. You’ll Like It.

Theodor S. Geisel, who you likely know as Dr. Seuss, was the master of manipulating words. He made up more than his share of new words, but he also understood the value of economy in word choice. His editor once bet him that he couldn’t write a book using fewer than 50 words. Of course, […]

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