Excessive capitalization is widespread in business, and one place is in job titles. A person’s title warrants capitalization because it is a special professional designation, but the widely accepted business writing style calls for capitalizing it only when it appears directly before a name. Examples are President Obama, Pope Francis, Doctor Smith, or Senior Vice President… Read more »
Writers sometimes anguish over their first drafts, because initial versions are always rough. Anyone who has moved into a house or an apartment knows that you usually are concerned with simply getting the boxes and furniture into the new home; you will deal with putting everything in its place later. Similarly, in writing, a draft is… Read more »
If you send a persuasive message to a group, consider two important factors: the strength of your argument and the number of people who will process it. For persuasive writing to be effective, an audience needs to be motivated to read the message (or hear it). And one factor that can affect a person’s motivation… Read more »
Using text messaging as a communication tool in hiring might be practical, but remember that writing leaves an impression.
If you sit down to write a persuasive message, you probably focus on carefully selecting the right words and emphasizing the appropriate points. But the success of your message might depend on something else. People often decide how to respond to your persuasive message based not on the content but on your credibility.