“Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee,
and just as hard to sleep after.”
~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Don’t you agree? I receive e-mails every day from various business onliners. Some are more experienced online than others — that’s okay. Part of my consulting modus operandi is to be their muse and to coach them to where they need to be to succeed.
But when it comes to communicating with the written word, that has absolutely nothing to do with online or e-mail specifically. That has to do with education and effort. We all went through grade school where we learned our reading and writing basics. This continued through high school. Some went on to college; others didn’t.
However, regardless of your level of education the ability to communicate with the written word is a skill that, like very few others, can help you to reach your goals and strive for your dreams. Whether you are self-employed or seeking employment, if you do not make the effort to communicate as the professional you want to be perceived as, those who do will be viewed more positively than you. This is even more true online being online is all about perceptions!
Do you want to form partnerships or spend your hard earned dollars with those who fail to spell-check, choose their words carefully, not capitalize sentences, reflect no ability or desire to communicate clearly and efficiently? It simply wouldn’t be a wise business decision to do so with anyone who is unable or unwilling to communicate as though they made it out of grade school.
If you want to succeed in business online and take advantage of e-mail as the incredible communication tool that it is, you need to be able to create e-mails that engage confidence in you as a credible business professional.
Talk to anyone who writes for a living — even they will say there is something new to learn or improve upon. As noted on the top of this page: The brighter you are; the more you have to learn…
So pick up some good books on the topic — some of my favorites are below. Then make a pot of coffee, read, learn and write your way to success!
- Business Grammar, Style & Usage: The Most Used Desk Reference for Articulate and Polished Business Writing and Speaking by Executives Worldwide
- Verbal Advantage: 10 Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary
- Grammatically Correct
- Artful Sentences: Syntax as Style
- The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment