Proper written communication is crucial in any career at any level. Whether you are writing to obtain a job, to contact a client or potential client, to befriend a colleague, to create a partnership with another company, to reach out to media or even to resign, if your communication is not clear, concise and written with proper grammar, you will look unprofessional and may not reach your goal. Here are a few examples of poor written communication that I have seen over the years:
- Frequently misspelling words or writing in different tenses.
- Spelling someone’s name incorrectly, despite it being part of the correct email address. (This one always amazes me: “Dear Mr. Schoefelt,” sent to email@example.com.)
- Using shortened versions of words or phrases in a business email. (Examples: prolly, ur, OMG, IDK, lol, eieio.)
- Multiple smiley faces, frowns or any other kind of word art in a business email.
- Creatively interchanging: to, too and two; your and you’re; its and it’s; and their, they’re and there.
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