Words to live and write by…
By Stacey J. Haseleu
What you write directly affects your reputation. Although this statement seems pretty obvious, you would be surprised how many people think they can somehow get away with ineffective communication just because they’re writing and not speaking.
Working in the corporate world for the first 8 years of my professional career taught me a few things about communication. One of those lessons is that people seem to become more brave and less careful when they communicate through writing than when they talk on the phone or face to face.
I would argue that effective written communication has more of an impact on your professional image in this day and age than verbal communication does for the following 5 reasons:
Digital media is permanent; it can’t be “taken back.” In the age of e-mails, text messaging, and “tweets” as the new tools for communicating important thoughts and ideas, people have become lazy. They feel like they…
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