PPP 091 | You Can Be a Better Writer, with Tips from Bryan A. Garner

So, how do you feel when each of the following occurs?

  • You come across a typo in a project document.
  • You receive an e-mail that is pages and pages long.
  • Someone hits Reply All and there are hundreds of people on copy.
  • You're stuck in a meeting listening to a presenter who has mastered every business cliche in the book!

Yuck. We're living in a business climate where writing skills matter so much but get so little attention.

Tips for Better Business Writing

Ever sit there in front of your monitor, your keyboard anxiously waiting for you to start typing your communication and you just feel stuck? Wouldn't it be great if there was a concise guide to improve your business writing?

Thankfully, there is! My guest in this episode is Professor Bryan A. Garner. He is the author of over 20 books, including Garner's Modern American Usage, Black's Law Dictionary (editor-in-chief), and the grammar and usage chapter in the venerable The Chicago Manual of Style. Brian recently published The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, published by Harvard Business Review Press.

If you want to raise the bar and think outside the box to leverage best practices in business writing, well, um, just listen to this interview with Bryan! You can learn more about Bryan and his organization at http://www.lawprose.org.

Thank you for joining me for this episode of The People and Projects Podcast! Have a great week!

Total Duration 23:44

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Business Jargon Gone Wild

It's so easy for me to succumb to bizspeak. In the spirit of mocking business jargon, here's a 2 minute video from some friends in the U.K.:

Sentimental-Fields 3 All Kinds Of Gibberish Sounds by The Superfools is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareALike License.

Talk to Me by Jahzzar is licensed under a Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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