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Writing with rhythm

Insert connectors for smoother flow. Just like your favorite music, your words need to deliver a satisfying rhythm. To keep your text in tune, use connectors—transition words or phrases. Notice how the connectors in Example 2 below provide seamless transitions from one thought to the

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Email etiquette in business communication

Never send two emails when one will do. Consider the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. president and a principal author of the Declaration of Independence, who famously stated: The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will

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3 steps to persuasive writing for executives

As an executive, you must constantly persuade clients, C-suite colleagues, employees and others to see things your way. Today, with fewer face-to-face meetings, much of this influencing takes place through email or other written channels. Your ability to win over readers—especially employees—with the right words

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Write to engage employees

Only about a third of U.S. workers are engaged in their jobs, according to a Gallup poll. If you’re a leader or manager, you can make a difference—by writing in a way that engages employees.

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To write persuasively, address readers’ WIIFM

Most people fail miserably at persuasive writing because they view the issue only from their own one-sided perspective. If you want to convince readers to purchase your product, embrace your ideas or understand your position, address their WIIFM.

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“Tone” down your text!

I don’t know about you, but I find it much easier to convey my tone when I talk than when I write. Learn how to be more productive by altering your writing tone.

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