IN THIS CHAPTER
Using writing to improve relationships
Elevating your value to employers, present and future
Inspiring yourself with clearer goals and pathways
Good writing helps you succeed. Despite the business world’s growing need for effective communications, good writers are ever more difficult to find. So, use writing to stand out and build the professional image you want. When you write every message well, over time you are seen as authoritative, reliable, and resourceful. Draft, review, edit, proofread. This chapter gives you ten specific ways to use your skill to your advantage. And all the ideas presented here are fully covered in the relevant chapters of this book.
Many written messages today help you interact with people you don’t yet know — and may never meet. Consciously use business email and correspondence to personalize your messages, as appropriate.
Get friendly gradually. A first message should be fairly formal. If your correspondent mentions a vacation or a personal milestone, perhaps inquire about that in subsequent correspondence. Or fall back on the weather or vacation time, ...