I went to college at a small liberal arts school where quality writing was emphasized in all courses, including math and sciences. I remember having to clearly explain my solutions in calculus using full sentences. I remember my freshman core writing seminar and how poorly my papers were written. Over time, I learned to appreciate quality writing and understand its importance, power, and elegance.
You would be surprised at how many people cannot write well in the business world. Admittedly, I probably make plenty of mistakes in my blog posts. However, my goal is to get my message across clearly, directly, and effectively. Unfortunately, a lot of business emails I see are poorly organized, confusing, and incomplete. The way you write has a huge impact on a lot of things for several reasons.
How People Perceive You
Your skill in communicating with people affects the way people perceive you. If you are able to produce high-quality, well-articulated emails, people make the assumption that you are intelligent and competent. If your emails are direct and clear, people will assume that you take action and know how to get the job done. On the other hand, if you have trouble communicating your thoughts or are overly vague, people will question your judgment, skills, and intelligence.
How You Influence People
Your ability to craft a message for an audience is a tremendous skill. A large part of your success is your ability to influence a great variety of people. Crafting a strong message that hits the key points is much more likely to influence someone to buy a product or take a certain action than a weak, unclear message.
How Well Your Ideas Have Been Developed
In order for you to put your ideas down on paper, they have to be well thought out. Whenever you conceive of a new idea, try writing it out on paper. This exercise will point out all the gaps and blind spots in your thinking. On the other hand, if your idea is truly well thought out, you should have no problems writing it out.
I’m not saying that you need the technical ability of Chaucer or the imagination of J.K. Rowling, however, you do need the ability to communicate your ideas clearly, directly, and effectively. If you find that you are lacking these skills, I highly recommend that you take a business writing course on Udemy or attend a class through your local community college to hone those skills. Get in the habit of focusing on the quality and clarity of your writing. Your writing affects your ability to communicate through emails, presentations, instant messaging, and other media. I highly recommend that you work on this skill if you are lacking in this area. It will pay off dividends throughout your career.
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