The Language of Success

The Language of Success

by Tom Sant
     
 

ISBN-10: 081447473X

ISBN-13: 9780814474730

Pub. Date: 01/23/2008

Publisher: AMACOM

Language is the medium of business. To be successful, we need to communicate effectively in writing. That’s true whether we are providing instructions to our colleagues, communicating with our customers, or advising our direct reports. We must be able to deliver clear, accurate messages that inform, persuade and motivate. Unfortunately, people lapse into

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Overview

Language is the medium of business. To be successful, we need to communicate effectively in writing. That’s true whether we are providing instructions to our colleagues, communicating with our customers, or advising our direct reports. We must be able to deliver clear, accurate messages that inform, persuade and motivate. Unfortunately, people lapse into habits that interfere with their ability to communicate. The Language of Success shows readers how to avoid these mistakes, and to write lucid, concise, and accurate e-mails, letters, performance appraisals, and presentations. Now anyone can master the lost art of clear writing and:

eliminate ambiguities, jargon and grandiose claims
• master proper paragraph structure so the message doesn’t get muddled
• avoid wishy-washy or misleading terms like “world class” or “state of the art”
• write clear concise sentences that follow the “first time right rule”
• use e-mail professionally and efficiently
• create career-enhancing reports

Honest and authoritative, The Language of Success will gives readers practical techniques to help readers cut through the fluff, guff, geek, and hyperbole, write exceptional business documents, and get their message heard.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814474730
Publisher:
AMACOM
Publication date:
01/23/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
737,841
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Where We’re Going and Why the Trip Is Worth Taking 1

Igniting Firestorms 4

Screaming in Print 7

Living in the Midst of Revolution 9

Eight Tips for Creating Successful E-Mail 12

Moving Beyond the Mechanical 22

Chapter 2 The Problem: How Fluff, Guff, Geek, and Weasel Ruin Your Writing 27

Language: The Medium of Business 27

The Language of Success 29

Four Languages That Don’t Work 31

Fluff 31

Guff 34

Geek 38

Weasel 43

Is Clear Writing a Lost Art? 51

Chapter 3 The Principles: Modern Methods in Business Writing 55

Write the Way You Speak 56

Respect the Medium 60

The Core Principles of the Language of Success 63

Clarity 65

Conciseness 74

Correctness 81

Suitability for the Audience 90

Suitability for the Purpose 102

Purposes and Patterns for the Whole Message 116

Writing to Inform 122

Writing to Evaluate 123

Writing to Persuade 124

Chapter 4 The Practice: Real-World Applications of the Language of Success 127

Writing to Inform 127

Simple Announcements 128

Giving Instructions 131

Answering Questions 134

Project Updates and Summaries 135

Clarifying Information 138

Writing to Evaluate 139

Comparison and Contrast 140

Definition and Classification 142

Offering an Informed Opinion 144

Competitive Analysis 146

Performance Appraisals 150

Writing to Motivate 156

Making a Request 159

Instructing 161

Reprimanding 164

Communicating with Employees: Morale 166

Communicating with Suppliers: Responsiveness 169

Communicating with Customers: Loyalty 170

Communicating with Investors: Commitment 171

Communicating Bad News 172

Writing to Persuade 176

Cold Call Messages—Introducing Yourself and Your Company 177

Setting a Meeting 181

Following Up from a Meeting 182

Announcing a New Product or Service 184

Responding to a Request for Information 185

Checking on Customer Satisfaction 188

Nurture Messages 189

Recommendations and Proposals 190

Presenting a New Idea to Management or Colleagues 193

Chapter 5 Your Potential 197

Index 199

About the Author 207

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