Many people must be encouraged, by their success in school and college examinations, to think that their writing is satisfactory. Yet many students underachieve, and many employers complain about the poor communications skills of young people seeking employment.
Once in employment those who write badly create barriers between themselves and their readers, whereas those who write well make their readers feel at ease.
At work in administration, business or management, and in any profession, as when a student, you probably use a pen and a computer keyboard more than any other equipment. Writing is one thing that you must do every day, and success in your career depends largely on your ability to express your thoughts clearly, simply and persuasively. It follows that anything you can do to improve your use of words - so that your writing works for you - should help you to achieve your goals.
You probably think of writing primarily as a means of communication - and most of this book is concerned with communication - but consider first your other reasons for writing.
Many of the things you write are notes, personal memoranda and other records that you do not expect other people to see. They help you in many ways with your day-to-day work.
Preparing a description, like making a careful drawing or preparing a plan to scale, makes you concentrate on the object or event to be described and helps you to ensure that your record is both accurate and complete. Similarly, entering observations on a data sheet during any practical investigation or
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Publication information: Book title: Writing at Work:A Guide to Better Writing in Administration, Business and Management. Contributors: Robert Barrass - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 2002. Page number: 1.
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