- Series: Business Style Handbook
- Paperback: 285 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (February 12, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071382305
- ISBN-13: 978-0071382304
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #656,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Writing on the Job with Tips from Communications Experts at the Fortune 500 1st Edition
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"If you're the leader of an organization, have you helped those who report to you improve their written communication skills? I suggest you do so by picking up a copy of The Business Style Handbook for yourself and others in your organization." - Michael J. Dowling, EzineArticles.com
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In today's competitive job market (January 2009), it is more important than ever to write well at work. And if you're looking for a new position, good communication skills will give you an edge, so be sure your resume and cover letters are clearly written and error-free.
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It doesn't waste words but it doesn't omit a lot of topics, either. For example, a memo writer is reminded to "write as you speak--if you speak clearly." Thousands, no, millions, of words have been devoted to this topic. This one sentence sums it up nicely.
Some may quibble with minor points in the book. For example, it advises readers not to capitalize the "The" in newspaper names because some papers use a "the" and some don't. To my way of thinking (and training), that's a question easily resolved by finding out what the newspaper uses. But this is a tiny point.
I much prefer the authors' valuable and wide-ranging bits of information:
khan: lowercase this term, which is a title for a ruler, an official or an important person in India and some central Asian countries.
c.o.d.: Use c.o.d. with periods for all references. It stands for cash on delivery. Without periods, it could be confused with the word cod, as in fish.
saccharin/saccharine: Often misspelled. The first is a sugar substitute; the second means overly sweet.
And so on, touching on topics from A to Z, as billed. I highly recommend this book.
The book is very practical. It differs from a regular dictionary in that it contains not only definitions for terms but also their cultural and social backgrounds. Look for the references for items such as 360-degree review, 401(k) or cookie. They are very helpful to people with different language backgrounds. Another advantage is the included examples, such as how to properly use kudos. Additionally, the first five chapters provide an excellent summary on modern business writing. In all, no matter it is for a beginner or as a reference, the book provides a lot of value to its readers.
Plus this book is much more manageable in size and price than most writers' and editors' manuals, which few people besides professional writers and editors are going to be willing to invest in. I checked it out of the library first to see whether it was worth buying, and my conclusion was "Yes, definitely!"
the A-to-Z section has helped me clean up my prose so that when I send out my cover letters and resumes they don't sound like I've spent the last sixteen years of my life in a classroom (even though I have).