Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing

Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing

by Lynne Agress


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Written to help the business person gain a grammatical advantage on his or her competition, Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing is a quick and complete guide to writing clear and concise e-mails, letters, and reports. By using real-world before-and-after examples from her workshop, Dr. Lynne Agress examines and explains the most common grammatical pitfalls in business writing and helps the reader focus on avoiding confusing and incorrect language.

Some of the topics Dr. Agress focuses on are: transitional phrases, use of voice, awkward sentence structures, proper punctuation, tone, jargon and pretentious prose. With special sections on selecting a writing workshop, or consultant, communicating over the Internet and editing others' work, Working with Words in Business and Legal Writing provides the quickest way to clear communication for business in the twenty-first century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541672581
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/09/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Lynn Agress
, Ph.D is the founder of Business Writing at Its Best, Inc., a traveling writing workshop for various businesses in the United States. Her clients include Hewlett Packard, UNISYS, Chase Manhattan, Sallie Mae, and Price Waterhouse. She lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Part 1Words on Writing
Chapter 1How Literate Are You? A Grammar/Usage Quiz5
Chapter 2Cutting Down on Words15
Chapter 3Meaningless Words and Awkward Sentences25
Chapter 4Jargon, Confusing Writing, Can't Masquerade As Style33
Chapter 5Good Grammar Is Essential to Good Writing41
Chapter 6Punctuation and Transitions: Stage Directions for the Reader51
Chapter 7Active Versus Passive Voice: Who Is Responsible?59
Chapter 8Structure and Organization: The Formula for Success65
Chapter 9Striking the Right Tone71
Chapter 10Poor Writing Is Not Style79
Part 2Words on Marketing
Chapter 11Writing to Market: Creating an Outstanding Sales Brochure87
Chapter 12Writing Your Firm's Future93
Chapter 13Writing a Winning Proposal or Business Plan97
Part 3A Few Words on Technology
Chapter 14Communicating on the Internet103
AppendixMore Helping Words
A Business Is Not a University113
Evaluating a Writing Course or Workshop117
Selecting the Right Consultant121

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