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HBR Guide to Better Business Writing (HBR Guide Series) Paperback – January 15, 2013
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At last! A book I can recommend to executives and to the human resource managers whose responsibility it is to develop executives: HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by Bryan A. Garner.” Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, Better Business Writing Blog
If you need assistance in any of these and other areas, Garner’s book will be of invaluable assistance now as well as in months and years to come.” First Friday Book Synopsis
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- Item Weight : 9.5 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 142218403X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1422184035
- Product Dimensions : 5.05 x 0.61 x 8.93 inches
- Publisher : Harvard Business Review Press; 1st Edition (January 15, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #14,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What was my experience with reading the book? It gave some great examples of clear writing versus unclear writing. It's definitely worth reading a second time. There were plenty of gold nuggets such as the MACJ formula for planning papers and the distinction between passive voice and active voice was made clear.
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. It's a fantastic short read.
"Instead of _____"
Those examples give great food for thought.
Like most HBR publications it's polished and organized well.
Great tips that come in handy with day-to-day communication.
If you are new to an office environment, I would recommend purchasing this immediately.
If you want someone to read your emails, and actually act on them, this guide is where to start!
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I qualified my first sentence with the phrase: "in the most part". That is because the book seemed to break its own guidance on language. Chapter 2 focuses on understanding your readers: they may not have technical understanding. That understanding of language was a major block to me when it came to Appendix B concerning grammatical rules. I regard myself as being a literate person with a reasonably sound knowledge of English grammar. This appendix demonstrated to me that there is a lot of technical language concerning grammar that I do not understand. Some examples are: "appositive","correlative conjunctions", and "illusory compounds". To be fair to the author, the terms are defined, but for me the flow of the book dried up at this point. A pity.
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