Writing With Skill
There was an article in the Business section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution this past Sunday, June 5th, talking about the failure of individuals today to really be effective writers. And if you cannot write effectively with significant skill then you will not make it to the top levels of the HR pyramid. The article sites the following things to consider when you sit down to write a memo, policy statement, presentation to the board, letter, email, etc:
- think about your audience and the appropriate format (email, letter, handbook revision).
- Proofread your work carefully - which I do not because I rely on Spell Check - not a good thing.
- Be clear -don't rely on technical jargon or acronyms.
- Be concise - it is important that you write a 1 page executive report as well as other short reports.
- Stay professional - no need to expound on this bullet point.
- Be comfortable with revisions - as someone to review your work before you publish it.
- Cite references where appropriate.