Office-speak and clichés are so well established, it’s easy to play buzzword bingo in management meetings. It’s less difficult to spot in writing, but a very easy habit to fall into.
Good writing is all about clarity - getting your message across clearly and concisely. But in the wrong hands, words can often cloud, rather than clarify, the intended message.
One of the key purposes of business writing is to write in a way that reinforces your brand. It's also one of the main areas where much business writing often fails. If your brand is about dynamism, energy and modern thinking, your writing needs to support that. So that means using appropriate language, tone and structure.
Hoa Loranger might be our new hero. In a recent post for usability gurus Nielsen Norman, Hoa identified five words that leave most readers cold. And we've added three of our own, too.
This month's writing tip is based on one of our mantras: don’t believe the myths. A lot of so-called grammar rules are actually fusty old school rules that aimed to homogenise the English language. (Usually enforced with a cane.)
Our mission at Wordworks is to help businesses get straight to the point. To write brochures, newsletters, websites and many other forms of communication that are simple, effective and - who knows - even enjoyable to read.