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How to Avoid Sounding Like a Jerk When Writing for Business

Hopefully, we are all familiar with the concept of social cues.

You know, the subtle hints that guide conversations and social interactions both personally and professionally?

Some people have a hard time with social cues, and, as a society, it’s important that we are patient with each other.

However, when it comes to business, I don’t want to you to go out like that (slang for look bad or get labeled negatively).

So, my goal in this post is to remind most of you and teach the rest of you how to avoid sounding like a jerk when you are writing for business (books, blogs, social media, etc.).

And I even have a little gift for you after these incredibly helpful tips . . .

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Tip #1 – Humility is a tricky thing. If you admit to being humble, you aren’t.

There is a fine line between communicating your accomplishments and boasting about them.

I believe the difference comes with the tone and context.

If you must talk about what you’ve done, that’s fine, but do it in such a way that it doesn’t alienate or diminish others. Also be sure that the situation calls for it.

For instance, if you are writing a book, every example shouldn’t be about that time that you did something and it made millions.

Or, even about that time that you tried something and it failed, but then, out of nowhere, it made millions.

There is a time and place for that, but not every time and every place.


Tip #2 – It is a fact that Albert Einstein, Ernest Hemingway, and Andrew Jackson were horrible spellers, but that’s why spell checkers exist.

I’m going to attempt to be vague and specific simultaneously in this example. (If it fails, at least I told you what I was going for).

Years ago, my BFF and I decided we were going to take a class on self-publishing.

We walked into a professional environment, scoped out the instructor wearing her conservative business suit and took the book she was handing out for the course.

Here is where it gets bad. We start reading from the book and there were so many spelling and grammatical errors that we left.

That’s right.

We left.

Having a few errors here and there is understandable. I’m sure I could pull 10 out of this post right now, but when your errors become a distraction, you will not be taken seriously in the business world.

Edit.

Please.


Tip #3 – Say what you need to say and move on. Save your ramblings for people with longer attention spans.

In college, one of my English professors would take off major points if the assigned essay exceeded the suggested page amount.

I assumed it was because he wanted to have a life outside of grading our papers, but later, I realized that it is a challenge to write concisely and say exactly what you mean.

Going off on tangents can lose your audience.


And now that I have your attention!

My clients are typically infopreneurs (information entrepreneurs).

And they are people who write books, blog, develop information for online courses, etc.

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