By Grace Aldridge Foster
Last week, I led a workshop on “Writing Hacks for Busy People” at Fostr Collaborative in Georgetown.
We focused on high-impact tools for getting people to read your written communications and act on them.
After introducing myself and Bold Type, I asked the participants, “What’s at stake if you write poorly at work?”
One participant responded, “It’s important to write well because people often associate your ability to communicate with your competence.”
Oh, no, you might be thinking.
Fair or not, it is undeniable that people draw assumptions about you based on your writing.
In the midst of all that information, it’s tempting to think that an individual email doesn’t matter. We’re all so busy; we receive so many emails and read so many tweets and browse so many websites every day. We know everyone else is just as busy as we are.
So we can assume that people read each thing so quickly they won’t notice a stray typo or error, right?
The research tells us that as the human eye scans text, it notes anything out of the ordinary—and that includes typos and careless errors.
That means that one lazy email, poorly timed, can have a disproportionate and lasting effect on someone’s impression of your ability to do your job.
If you’re nervous about what your writing signals to others, join us for a free webinar to learn how to eliminate bad habits that can make readers doubt your competence and professionalism.
At 12:30 pm on Tuesday, March 12, our webinar on “Writing and Your Personal Brand” is available through Georgetown University’s Alumni Career Services network—but you don’t have to be a Hoya to attend.
We hope to see you there!