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The Best Business Writing Resources

Top Resources for Business Writing

The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Writing on the Job with Tips from Communications Experts at the Fortune 500
by Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene

This is a practical and comprehensive guide that focuses specifically on writing issues that frequently arise on the job. It includes advice from Fortune 500 communications executives on improving writing style, a chapter on sending effective emails and more than 1,200 alphabetized entries that cover the essentials of style, usage, grammar and more. This book is an invaluable resource for writing reports, memos, proposals, emails and other business correspondence.

“Not only is this a good general writing resource, but it also explains things in a cultural context, so I always recommend this guide to anyone coming to work here from another country,” says Kim Doi, a New-York based administrative assistant. “It’s also available in Chinese.

Effective Business Writing: A Guide for Those Who Write on the Job
by Maryann V. Piotrowski

The next time you’re struggling to find just the right words for a memo or letter, reach for this useful guide to writing clearly and in an appropriate format, style and tone. Numerous examples demonstrate how to overcome writer’s block, organize messages for maximum impact, achieve an easy-to-read style and find an efficient writing system.

The Elements of Business Writing: A Guide to Writing Clear, Concise Letters, Memos, Reports, Proposals, and Other Business Documents
by Gary Blake and Robert W. Bly

Whether you’re working on an interoffice memo or a 50-page proposal, this guide explains how to write clearly and powerfully, steers you clear of jargon in your writing and helps you organize your writing material effectively.

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss

This witty but educational book was both number 1 in the UK and a New York Times best seller. It’s not just a grammar book, but also a self-help book for writers that, according to the author, “gives you permission to love punctuation.”

“I’ve been suspicious of punctuation my whole life, and this book finally helped me to make friends with commas and semicolons,” says Jason Bergund, an executive assistant in New York.

The Elements of Style
by William Strunk and E. B. White

A fundamental resource for writers, editors and students since 1959, the slim volume known simply as “Strunk and White” distills the combined wisdom of Cornell University English professor William Strunk Jr. and legendary New Yorker writer and author E. B. White. This book concentrates on the rules of word usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.

“I’ve used this guide since I was writing papers in college, and I still find it to be the best style guide around,” says Aubyn Peterson, an executive assistant in New York. “Strunk and White never let me down.

The New Well-Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed
by Karen Gordon

This book will teach you, clearly and simply where to place a comma and how to use an apostrophe. And as you master the elusive slashes, dots and dashes that express our most perplexing thoughts, you will find yourself in the grip of a comedy of manners. This book is entertaining as well as informative.

The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting
by William A. Sabin

This text is intended for anyone who writes, edits or prepares material for distribution or publication. It is especially useful for business professionals and students.

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50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills

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Effective writing skills are to a writer what petrol is to a car. Like the petrol and car relationship, without solid skills writers cannot move ahead. These skills don’t come overnight, and they require patience and determination. You have to work smart and hard to acquire them. Only with experience, you can enter the realm of effective, always-in-demand writers.

Of course, effective writing requires a good command of the language in which you write or want to write. Once you have that command, you need to learn some tips and tricks so that you can have an edge over others in this hard-to-succeed world of writers. There are some gifted writers, granted. But gifted writers also need to polish their skills frequently in order to stay ahead of competition and earn their livelihood.

We collected over 50 useful and practical tools and resources that will help…

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New Restrictions On Online Billing In India May Impact International E-Commerce Companies

TechCrunch

New restrictions on online billing in India may affect international e-commerce businesses, including Google Play, Amazon India, and Uber.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said last week that online transactions using credit cards for the purchase of items and services within India must be done through a bank within the country and be transacted in rupees. As the Indian Express explains, this may hurt online businesses, including Google Play, Amazon, and Uber, that route credit card transactions through an international payment gateway, bypassing the two-step verification required by the RBI.

In a statement, the RBI said:

“It has come to our notice that despite the above clarifications there are instances of card not present transactions being effected without the mandated additional authentication/validation even where the underlying transactions are essentially taking place between two residents in India. It is also observed that these entities are evading the…

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BaubleBar Raises $10 Million For Its “Fast Fashion” Jewelry Business

Baublebar is a company to bet on and get into from my perspective because it is doing everything right in terms of how they are building they’re company.

TechCrunch

E-commerce jewelry business BaubleBar has raised $10 million in Series B funding, in a round led by Burch Creative Capital, the investment firm headed by billionaire retail and fashion veteran Chris Burch, known for co-founding his ex-wife’s fashion label, Tory Burch. Other participants in the round include Aspect Ventures, Triplepoint Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and existing investors Accel Partners and Greycroft Partners.

BaubleBar was co-founded by Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky, longtime friends (and former shopping buddies) whose backgrounds were in banking and private equity. They came up with the idea for the business after realizing that they never stopped to buy jewelry from the retailers they visited on their many shopping trips, despite being the target demographic.

unnamedAt Harvard Business School, the two began to research their idea further, and found that women shopping for jewelry were brand agnostic, and just wanted something of quality with some style that didn’t “break…

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How to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into an Infographic

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Looking for a cool, easy way to revitalize your resume?

According to this WSJ article, some companies aren’t even taking traditional resumes anymore. Re.vu offers a way to get you online quickly. It is a “complete rethinking of what a resume can be. You no longer have to cram your experience and expertise onto a plain white piece of paper.” By creating a colorful infographic of your experience, you give your resume a boost and give yourself a way to stand out from the herd.

Re.vu makes it easy to transfer all your experience and education right over from your LinkedIn account. You can choose from one of the 13 designs or upload your own background image.  Then, just fill in for your vital stats, job duties, and skill evolution, and the site creates visual representation
with the click of a button.

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Zillow Acquires Retsly, A Service That Helps Developers Access Real Estate Listings

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Real estate site Zillow today announced that it has acquired Retsly, a Vancouver, B.C.-based startup that helps developers access real-estate data from multiple listing services (MLS). The service takes the data from these sites and normalizes it so developers can more easily use the data in their own applications. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

MLSs are the central hub for real estate data in the U.S., but they are also very insular. Every region has its own and in total, there are about 1,000 different systems. That wouldn’t be a huge problem if this were just about geographic distribution, but all of these MLSs use different software and often describe homes in different terms.

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Retsly was founded in 2013 by Kyle Campbell and Joshua Lopour, who I first met at the Grow conference in Vancouver last year (Growlabs also incubated the service). Few people know more about the…

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5 Secrets to a Knockout LinkedIn Profile Summary

Road to LinkedIn Success is Finally Here

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Knockout LinkedIn SummaryWant to quickly distinguish yourself from your job-hunting competition on LinkedIn?

Look no further than your LinkedIn Summary.

The “elevator pitch” of your social media profile, a powerful, pithy Summary can compel employers to take a second look at you for their needs.

So how do you craft a knockout message of brand valuefor your LinkedIn Summary?

First, you’ll need to master the concept of writing for an online audience and take the principles of SEO into consideration, then wrap your content into an attractive package.

To rework your LinkedIn Profile Summary into a power-packed description that elicits attention from recruiters, start fresh with these 5 steps:

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Obama in Political Bind Over Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

The White House administration and Barack Obama should look for advice to influential / notable people in today’s society who started out as illegal immigrants but worked their way up to make something of themselves and became American citizens so that they can be looked up to by others who come to the states to make their own American dream come true. I think that more immigrants of the US who have now become citizens NEED TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE and lend their voices be heard ,their stories and life experiences be told to the people of America who were born here and don’t understand the difficulties of growing up in a foreign country without a penny to their name, the people need stories and someone needs to source the storytellers before immigration to America becomes a thing of the past which will hurt us all in the end since immigrants help power America and the businesses that we work in or do business with.

TIME

President Barack Obama asked Congress for $3.7 billion Tuesday to handle the thousands of child migrants on the southern border, and he’d like lawmakers to treat the emergency request as a simple matter of human compassion.

“Our hope and expectation consistent with the incoming we have received from both parties is that this will be treated as the urgent humanitarian situation that it is,” said a White House official who briefed reporters about the request.

But nothing is quite so simple in Washington these days. By sending the request to Congress, Republicans, who are outraged over Obama’s immigration policies, will now have an opportunity to express their fury in must-sign legislation, possibly attaching policy riders or demanding budget cuts elsewhere.

“The Appropriations Committee and other Members, including the working group on the border crisis led by Rep. Kay Granger, will review the White House proposal,” Michael Steel, a spokesman for…

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