HBR Guide to Better Business Writing

ISBN-10: 142218403X
ISBN-13: 9781422184035
Edition: 2013
Authors: Bryan A. Garner
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Book details

List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date: 1/15/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Bryan A. Garner is president of LawProse, Inc., and Distinguished Research Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. The editor-in-chief of Black's Law Dictionary, Garner is the author of several best-selling books, including Garner's Modern American Usage and, with Justice Antonin Scalia, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts and Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges.

Introduction: Why you need to write well
Delivering the Goods Quickly and Clearly
Know why you're writing
Understand your readers
Divide the writing process into four separate tasks
Before writing in earnest, jot down your three main points-in complete sentences
Write in full-rapidly
Improve what you've written
Use graphics to illustrate and clarify
Developing Your Skills
Be relentlessly clear
Learn to summarize-accurately
Waste no words
Be plain-spoken: Avoid bizspeak
Use chronology when giving a factual account
Be a stickler for continuity
Learn the basics of correct grammar
Get feedback on your drafts from colleagues
Avoiding the Quirks That Turn Readers Off
Don't anesthetize your readers
Watch your tone
Common Forms of Business Writing
E-mails
Business Letters
Memos and Reports
Performance Appraisals
Appendixes
A Checklist for the Four Stages of Writing
A Dozen Grammatical Rules You Absolutely Need to Know
A Dozen Punctuation Rules You Absolutely Need to Know
Common Usage Gaffes
Some Dos and Don'ts of Business-Writing Etiquette
A Primer of Good Usage
Desk References
Index
Acknowledgments
About the Author

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