July 29, 2005

News & Opinion: How to Write Good

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:07 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

Good writing skills are essential for success in business. You are going to write reports for your superiors and they are going to be decisions based on what you have written. You will write a cover letter or two as you move from job to job. On occasion, you may be responsible for send out plans for Happy Hour.

The serious folks will send you to The Elements of Style or On Writing Well. I wanted to suggest an something. Quirk Books has come out with an alternative: How Not To Write: An Office Primer for the Grammatically Perplexed. It is one of those books with a small trim size and you will only have 159 pages to read. Author Terence Denman has given reader 10 sets of tips and myths. One combination is "Chopping Off Your Unwanted Auxiliaries" and "You Can't Have a Comma Before And".

I like the book. It is short and punchy, and you can put the 5 page points to work immediately.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.