If you've ever experienced a long email chain wherein respondents ask multiple questions to clarify the original email, you'll understand the importance of efficient communication. Having sharply honed writing skills can help you clearly and quickly communicate updates, events, projects, or other important topics to co-workers without requiring additional time for clarification or questions.
Although writing skills are important for internal communications, they are just as important externally, if not more so. As anyone studying public relations knows, online publications, publicly circulated updates and website copy are some of the most important channels that clients use to reference your company. Published content that is hard to understand, poorly written, or contains grammatical or spelling errors can decrease potential clients' opinions of your company from the outset.
Improving Writing Skills
It's clear that writing skills are important throughout your career, but how do you improve lackluster skills? Taking college or post-college courses provides tools to improve your writing skills, and you may even consider taking a designated writing course. It is also helpful to pay careful attention to the writing you find effective and high-quality, and to learn what traits it has that you can learn from. Of course, practice makes perfect, so writing daily—even if it's simply journaling or sending emails—can also help.
Seeking higher education is a great way to improve your writing while also acquiring new skills for an advanced career. If you're considering returning to school, learn more by viewing our programs online, or complete this form to discover the opportunities provided by the Tulane School of Professional Advancement.
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