Natalie Canavor

Business communication: author, writer, teacher, presenter

BETTER WRITING RIGHT AWAY: A BLOG

WHY: The silver bullet of business writing

May 12, 2018

Tags: How to write, business writing, business messages, learning to write, writing emails, persuasive writing

Recently I led a business writing workshop for young mid-level accountants. One of my scenarios called for a memo asking a subordinate to perform an unattractive task: spend part of the weekend reading material about a client prospect that the writer would pitch in person on Monday.

"Just say, 'Jerry read the attached file and report to me Monday at 9 a.m. sharp,'" one person suggested. But consider the result, I pointed out: a resentful employee who'll do a halfway job.

Much better to write a memo that would generate support and enthusiasm, I began. A (more…)

Writing email subject lines: How to say "open sesame!"

March 10, 2018

Tags: email subject lines, subject lines, writing emails, business writing, better emails

These days, just getting people to just open an email is a challenge. I probably open less than 5% of my in-box messages, even though at some point, I asked to be put on most of those mailing lists.

We all constantly filter out what doesn’t relate directly to us in some way. Otherwise, given the ongoing deluge of information and promotions and enticements, we’d go mad. But few writers take account of the narrow window for interesting our target audiences. (more…)

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