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Written Communication Skills Blogs

Written communication has certain advantages over spoken communication.

Written communication...

  1. ...is more permanent.
  2. ...can be more considered.
  3. ...seems to carry more weight.

More permanent. The spoken word is transitory. It is in the moment and then it is gone, kept only as a fading memory. But the written word is more permanent. It often remains as a force long after the writer has gone. So, putting something in writing is a powerful action because, the pen is mightier than the sword.

More considered. The spoken word is make up in the moment. And it is not revisable. Once you have said it, you have said it. But the written word is open to revision and refinement. You can choose your words more carefully. And you should choose your words carefully.

More weight. For reasons that are unclear, the written word carried more weight than the spoken word. People tend to react to the written word as if it is more likely to be true than the spoken word. If someone claims something to be true verbally, you might hear a sceptic say, “Yeah? Who says?”

But if someone claims something to be true, you might hear them say, “I know it’s true because I read it in a book”. The written word seems to carry with it authority that the spoken word lacks.

  • If you make a legal agreement, you want to put it in writing.
  • If you want to record a meeting, then we check the written records.
  • If you want to make a fortune, then put your ideas in writing.

So, it is important that you learn to express yourself properly in writing.

Written Communication Skills Blogs

Six Common Errors In Business Writing

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There are many words in English which can lead to confusion and are often used incorrectly. We take a look at six commonly misunderstood and misused words and their correct usage.

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Business Writing Skills: How to Convince People

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When in business it is vital to be able to communicate with your colleagues and customers. Knowing how to do so without insulting their intelligence is key to being able to sell an idea, or product or service.

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How to Become More Efficient

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Do you wish you could become more efficient? Do you want to improve your memory and time management skills? Here is a simple solution.

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A Short Course on Speed Reading

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Speed reading will not only increase your rate of reading, but improves your comprehension and recall of what you read.

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How to Improve your Writing Skills

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We all need to write emails, reports, summaries and proposals in a convincing and professional manner. However, text messaging has begun to creep into more formal writing and has eroded written communication skills.

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Four Ways to Improve your Written Communication Skills

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Some people are not very good at expressing themselves in writing. If you want to improve your writing, then you can do that by learning and applying these four proper principles.

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How to Improve your Written Communication

26 June 2015

How to Improve Your Written Communication At work, you probably have to communicate in writing. For many, they have problems communicating in writing. And for a very specific reason. Many people have gotten into very bad writing habits, by using text messaging as their habitual form of written conversation. And text

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Five Communication Styles

28 May 2015

Five Communication Styles Communication is the art of transferring your message into the minds of others. If you have an idea, or an opinion, or any "point" to make, you may want to communicate it to another person. Let us assume, for the sake of this blog, that you have an

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How to Improve Written Communication Skills

19 May 2014

How to find the words to express yourself One of the most common questions that people ask me, when they attend our one day, communications skills training course, is this: "How can I find the words, to better express myself in writing?" Some people often say to themselves, "I know what

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