At a recent workshop to improve my writing skills I came across a guru who gave me some sage advise.
“Like it or not, people judge you by how you write. Strong writing skills will help you get noticed, earn you confidence and trust, and move you up in your career.”
If your writing can use some work, here are some suggestions I garnered from the workshop:
- Understand your audience– The best writers tailor their work to the people who will be reading it. Think about your audience and figure out their problems and goals and then write specifically for them.
- Pick your topics well in advance of a deadline– If you are like me, you work best under pressure, or think you do. But deadline pressure won’t help you do your best writing. Instead, set up a schedule where you plan topics in advance. This affords plenty of time to think about them.
- Read a lot– The more you read, the more you learn, and the more you will discover the differences between good writing and bad. Don’t limit yourself to only writing within your field – broaden your horizon and perspective by looking at a variety of topics and writers.
- Make it a habit– Strong writing is developed, not something you do from time to time. Set a time and place to write so you will become consistent and efficient.