Introduction: Why you need to write well

You may think you shouldn’t fuss about your writing— that good enough is good enough. But that mind-set is costly. Supervisors, colleagues, employees, clients, partners, and anyone else you communicate with will form an opinion of you from your writing. If it’s artless and sloppy, they may assume your thinking is the same. And if you fail to convince them that they should care about your message, they won’t care. They may even decide you’re not worth doing business with. The stakes are that high.

Some people say it’s not a big deal. They may feel complacent. Or they may think it’s ideas that matter—not writing. But good writing gets ideas noticed. It gets them realized. So don’t be misled: Writing well ...

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