Words at Work: Business Writing in Half the Time with Twice the Power

Words at Work: Business Writing in Half the Time with Twice the Power

Words at Work: Business Writing in Half the Time with Twice the Power

Words at Work: Business Writing in Half the Time with Twice the Power

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ts fast and clearly. This guide is a handbook every office needs, covering new media like e-mail, avoiding common mistakes, and overcoming writer's block. "Words at Work" belongs at every desk beside the dictionary.

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Listing

Object : To virtually eliminate the difficulty of creating structure, one of the most complicated and time-consuming aspects of the writing process. Listing can also significantly shorten your actual writing time and help you create strong, coherent language.

Structure: one of the biggest writing problems businesspeople confront. Whether reading a 1-page letter or a 50-page report, your readers must move from point to point as effortlessly as zooming along an empty freeway. Otherwise, they'll put the document away, opting for one of the dozens of other documents that clutter their desktops. Yet, revising structural problems can be a laborious and time-consuming task, taking up to an hour for a one-page letter and an afternoon or longer for a simple, five-page report.

The best way to create solid structure without expending extra editing time is through the fast and simple process of listing. The real beauty of listing, though, is that it ultimately saves you anywhere from five minutes to several hours.

Q&A: Revealing the Simple Sides of Listing

The following answers to my clients' most common questions reveal how a simple list can create multiple advantages.

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