Business Writing Tip #63—Principles of Business Writing

A brief apology for these tips being out of order. I drafted this one some time back and forgot to post it.

In his Concise Guide to Technical & Academic Writing, David Bowman lists a set of principles. These principles apply to good business writing as well, so I thought they were worth quoting here.Bowman book

  • The reader is more important than the writer.
  • The style must be consistent with the purpose.
  • Clear, simple writing increases understanding.
  • Logical organization shows how ideas connect.
  • The reader needs to know how to find information.
  • Information sources must be given credit.
  • Correct grammar, punctuation, and word choice enhance credibility.

Follow these principles and your writing is sure to improve.

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