Tag Archives: business writing

Business Messages: Focus on Your Audience

Because business messages are written for the purpose of informing or persuading your audience, they should always be written for the audience. What does that mean? It means we need to know the audience when we’re drafting the message. Knowing the audience helps us choose the right words and other elements to ultimately achieve our […]
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Understand and Use the Active Voice

When communicating (be it writing, talking, or any other type of message sending), we have two “voices” we can use–active and passive. At the most basic level, the difference is in how the subject is acting. Consider the following two sentences: The dog chased the rabbit. The rabbit was chased by the dog. In the […]
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Block Style in Microsoft Word

In business writing, block style is the preferred format for all documents including letters, memos, reports, articles, and more. Unfortunately, though, the default settings in Microsoft Word for “normal” are NOT correct for block style. Many folks don’t realize this and fail to make the necessary adjustments. While some readers may not even notice the […]
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Get Rid of “That”

  We all know what the word “that” means, right? It identifies a specific person or thing. It’s an essential word in the English language, but it’s also a word that gets grossly overused. In my college writing class, we were given 30 minutes to write on a defined topic. At the end of the […]
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