Why Good Writing Gives You an Edge

5 Mins

Good writing can help you advance your career.

It makes everyone’s lives easier.

And it can also help you succeed in your current position.

When you write effectively, you work effectively.

To get an edge at work and in your career, invest time in learning how to write effectively.

Let's Practice:

Manya sends the following email to the purchasing manager:

I know the fiscal year has already started and we didn’t put this in our budget, but it turns out that we really need to get a new copier. This one jams all the time and it’s so annoying. It’s kind of expensive but we need it.

How can Manya re-write her email to be more effective?

Quiz 1 of 2

How can Manya re-write her email to be more effective?

a
I’m formally requesting that we purchase a new copier. I spend so much time clearing out jams, I can’t get other work done.
b
I know we didn’t put it in the budget, but can we get a new copier?
c
The copier jams a lot and we need a new one. I know we didn’t put it in the budget but it’s a problem.
d
We need to request a new copier. It’s not working properly but it’s expensive.

The correct answer is A.

This version clearly states what the request is and supports it with clear reasoning. The purchasing manager should have no trouble understanding what is being asked for and why.

How could Manya benefit from sending the clearer version of her email?

Quiz 2 of 2

How could Manya benefit from sending the clearer version of her email?

a
A new copier will be purchased and everyone will be happy.
b
A new copier will be purchased and she'll be able to get her work done.
c
A new copier will be purchased and she’ll be complemented on her writing.
d
A new copier will be purchased and she'll be able to make more copies.

The correct answer is B.

The clearer version could lead to the new copier being purchased, which in turn can help Manya get all her work done.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP: 

Think about your writing. Is it helping you get ahead, or do you have more to learn?

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