Everybody needs to make a contribution to improving the economy. You can do your part by learning to write more clearly. This may seem like a small contribution, but it’s an important one, and every little bit helps.
Learning to write more clearly will help make the work force more effective. Making the work force more effective will help the economy grow. That’s the bottom line.
Last week’s blog alluded to the need to have a skilled work force to help move the economy ahead, a topic touched on in the presidential debate on October 3. One of the 5 points urged by Mitt Romney was to have a skilled work force to encourage the growth of small business.
This is a crucial point because the growth of small business is badly needed as a means of reducing the country’s unemployment burden. Small business employs a huge number of workers and creates two thirds of the jobs but without lower taxes and less regulation, growth in small business is stifled.
Education is a vital key to reach the goal of increasing employment. Without doubt, education includes learning to write clearly. To put it differently, clear writing is a goal unto itself, but education in the form of learning how to write clearly, is a means to that end. To continue that thought, small business needs a skilled work force to succeed, and without the ability to communicate clearly, any work force is at a disadvantage. I’ve said it before on this blog site, but it bears repeating: the power of the written word is more important today than ever before. It’s your key to the future.
My eBook, “The Art of Clear Writing,” is all about writing clearly. It is designed to improve the clarity of writing for all those who feel their writing needs improvement. The eBook opens with a story about Doris Day’s lawsuit against her former lawyer, Jerry Rosenthal. I was head of the defense team in that case. The court found that Rosenthal had his faults so far as his representation of Doris Day was concerned, but he nevertheless was an experienced and effective legal writer. He had a 3-step routine that he followed for any writing project: he always carefully planned what he was going to write, made it a point to find and use the right words to fully express his thoughts, and thoroughly reviewed and edited his writing before pronouncing it “done.” The eBook is available at amazon.com/kindlebooks and can be previewed free of charge.
These are key lessons to learn for anyone who believes their writing is substandard. They are important steps to take on the road to developing confidence in your writing. The underlying proposition of my eBook is that because writing is an art form, it can be learned. But you need the desire and dedication to do it. If you’re willing to put in the time, the rewards will come. Even if writing is not your strong suit, you can still learn and significantly improve your writing ability by starting with the three lessons mentioned above.
Another important writing feature extolled in my eBook is that good grammar can be learned by word association. It’s not necessary to memorize grammar rules to learn to write clearly, although memorization may still be necessary to pass examinations. Memorization has little effect on understanding the context with which words are used. The best expression of thoughts through good grammar can be learned by observing the association of the right word with the appropriate context in a sentence. The emphasis should be on training your eye to carefully observe how grammar is used in putting sentences together and to constantly practice what you have learned in your writing. This approach requires training the eye to recognize correct word association through extensive reading, and regular practicing of your writing. I have had personal experience with this approach. It has worked for me; it can work for you as well.
The ability to communicate clearly is vital for job placement, career advancement, earnings potential, and business success. There is no better time to undertake the task of improving your writing. Start today. The economy needs your help.
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