Plain English at Work: A Guide to Writing and Speaking / Edition 1

Plain English at Work: A Guide to Writing and Speaking / Edition 1

by Edward P. Bailey, Larry Bailey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195104498

ISBN-13: 9780195104493

Pub. Date: 05/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Everyday we write countless memos, letters, and reports without a second thought. Likewise, we give presentations, both formal and informal. Often this writing and speaking gets criticized for being jargon-ridden, obscure, or long-winded—in short, for not being in "plain English." But what is plain English, and how do we go about writing and speaking

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Everyday we write countless memos, letters, and reports without a second thought. Likewise, we give presentations, both formal and informal. Often this writing and speaking gets criticized for being jargon-ridden, obscure, or long-winded—in short, for not being in "plain English." But what is plain English, and how do we go about writing and speaking it? In Plain English at Work, Edward Bailey gives the answer, with down-to-earth tips and practical advice. Bailey, an expert in business communication, gives us a simple model for writing:

· Style: write more the way you talk.

· Organization: make your point easy to find.

· Layout: use headings, lists, and other white space so readers can see the structure of your writing.
Psycholinguists, Bailey points out, have proven that the techniques of plain English writing are far easier on your readers; experience has proven that writing in plain English is easier on you—the writer, too. Bailey also gives you a wealth of practical advice for presentations including:

· How to remember your talk.

· How to design visual aids.

· How to design computer presentations.

· How to set up the room you'll be speaking in.

· How to develop a successful delivery style.
Perhaps most impressive are the many detailed tips he gives here. For instance, when using a pointer, hold it in the hand closer to the screen (otherwise, you turn your back on the audience, making it harder to hear you). When designing a visual aid, use at least 28-point type, and seldom use all capital letters (which are harder to read). And when presenting a bar chart during a computer presentation, build it—a bar at a time—to focus your audience's attention.
Drawing on two earlier and popular books, The Plain English Approach to Business Writing and A Practical Guide for Business Speaking, this new volume has been significantly updated. It includes up-to-the-minute information on using computers, computer graphics, and typography for your writing, and on using the same technology for designing your presentations. The result is an authoritative and comprehensive single volume that will be the essential guide for everyone wishing to communicate more easily and effectively at work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195104493
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
5.75(w) x 8.56(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

1What is plain English writing?3
2Style: writing a readable sentence9
3Organization: getting to the point25
4Layout: adding visual impact31
5A model for writing39
6Passive voice47
7Abstractness54
8Punctuation60
9Blueprint69
10Executive summary73
11Typefaces81
12Headings94
13Bullets103
14Graphics110
15The writing process117
16Supervising writers122
17Designing a successful presentation131
18Organizing your presentation137
19Using examples152
20Remembering what to say158
21Choosing visual aids169
22Designing visual aids182
23Designing visual aids - further tips200
24Designing computer presentations211
25Involving your audience and using humor219
26Rehearsing228
27Setting up the room235
28Using effective techniques of delivery243
29Presenting visual aids250
30Handling questions and answers263
31Helping others speak better271
Appendix A: Simpler words and phrases277
Appendix B: Checklist for speakers281
Appendix C: Checklist for setting up the room283
Index285

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