Business Writing: What’s in It for Me?

This is the fourth installment in our business writing series. If you haven’t read through the other posts, check them out here, here, and here.

So now you know how to organise a document for business writing. You know that these skills are important when writing for your business. Documents like procedures provide a tactical link between your company’s objectives and daily operation, outline clear expectations, identify gaps in your process, eliminate misunderstandings, and walk a user through a process in order to accomplish a task.

But how can you use this knowledge in your personal life?

Business writing requires organisation and time management, both of which are vital in our daily lives. You’ve learned how to organise your writing, and can use those four steps to write an effective email. (Refresher: Purpose. Audience. Main Point. Delivery.) This applies to any kind of non-creative writing.

Writing a letter to your eight-year-old niece to tell her how much you miss her? Need a speech for your sister’s wedding reception? Use those steps to craft a fun piece of writing that won’t take an hour.

And how can you use what you’ve learnt to give you that step up in business? Is it time to update your resume/CV? Do you want to impress your boss when she asks for a list of ideas for an upcoming project? Ready for that promotion? Create a proposal that’ll knock your boss’s socks off!

Just remember, as your fingers are dancing along those keys, keep it clear and concise.

Stay tuned for the next post: Tip It, Tip It Good – Tips on writing emails, business memos, and business letters.

Happy writing!

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Desirae Roosa is a technical writer by day and an aspiring author by night with an unhealthy addiction to the BBC. She lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.