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Business Writing: What Works, What Won't Paperback – August 15, 1994
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Nancy Shires, East Carolina Univ., Greenville, N.C.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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As a freelance commercial writer, my work depends on skillfully communicating on point. This book shows how to do just that. Davidson minces no words, either. She finds the current state of business writing deplorable, filled with pointless buzzwords, passive voice, data overload, and too much pomposity. She gears her book to addressing those major problems and does so effortlessly.
You'll learn how to
* Restructure documents for quick reading
* Tighten sentences and paragraphs by eliminating extraneous words and phrases
* Use "real English" instead of business buzzwords that hinder communication
* Move from dull, passive voice to a more natural active voice that holds readers' attention
* And much more.
Best of all, the author provides numerous outstanding examples of the distinctions between poorly written documents and their more professionally written counterparts. The book includes quizzes, asking readers to fix broken paragraphs and sentences. Unlike some other books that test readers, Davidson provides her suggestions for those fixes so the reader isn't left to wonder what the repair might be. Her section on switching from passive to active voice may be one of the best I've ever read, offering illustrations and clever examples that help beginning business writers grasp the concept.
Considering I work as a writer and have read on the topic widely, it's a rarity for me to pick up a book on the subject of writing and say, "What a superlative book!Read more ›
Business Writing What Works, What Won't by Dr. Davidson - 20 dollars
Tuition for ENC 3250 - 399 dollars
Learning to write a professional memo that will keep you from looking uneducated - PRICELESS
It is well worth the asking price.
It is full of useful information, and has a sense of humor.
I assign in for my Business Writing class, and many of the students tell me that they plan to keep it for future use at work.
Now that it is also in e-book format, it's an even better and easier-to-use resource.
Early in the semester, I relied very heavily on the side-by-side revisions to really get an idea of what my writing should look like. The examples are featured are pages 33-38 and thoughout the book. Seeing an example of a cluttered, wordy memo right next to a concise, even-tempered memo made it easy to correct my mistakes. I followed a similar revising process and had fantastic results. For students who are just starting in the class, these examples are fantastic.
As my overall tone and writing got better, I had to find ways to fine-tune my efforts. To reach the 5.5-6 grade level I knew it would take flawless work. Chapter 11 featured several sections entitled, "Grappling With Grammar." While I knew I was a sound writer, pages 199-203 helped solve those tricky grammar issues. The entire chapter helped with word usage, punctuation, and the technical problems that can deflate even the best memo. For writers at any level, this section was very valuable.
Lastly, I found Chapter 9 to be another important tool as I perfected my writing. The other two parts helped with my tone and punctuation, but I still needed help to clear the clutter in my writing. As I mentioned in my previous blog, I have a tendency to use cliches and pretentious words.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Use this for my students, great book and excellent teaching points!Published 2 months ago by Rhonda harper
My thoughts about the text is that it should not only be mandatory reading for students from high school to college level but also newly hired managers of all companies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brynna gobin
The book is a little long winded for me. I still would use it as a reference along with the business writing basics book.Published 16 months ago by Jennifer Smith
Book is in perfect condition and I'm grateful for the price.Published 22 months ago by Amazon Customer