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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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Pinterest Dominated by Women, High User Retention in 2014 [REPORT]

Here is an interesting case study that breaks down the details behind the social image sharing happening on Pinterest . In this report , the business analysts at the RJMetrics firm examined 50,000 random Pinterest users’ public profiles and reviewed their pins and even though it’s no secret the ladies love themselves some Pinterest , but you will not believe by how much the women are out-pinning the men on the social image sharing site that Forbes claims to be worth $3.8B.  You will be surprised to know that 80% of Pinterest users are female and only 20% are male. Moreover, female Pinterest users are more active than their male counterparts, with 92% of all pins made by women.  The 50,000 public Pinterest profiles that RJMetrics profiled really does not hold a candle to the reported 50 million unique monthly users that the fiercely popular site attracts to its platform.

Read on to learn more about which categories are the most-popular – Pinterest Dominated by Women, High User Retention in 2014 [REPORT] | DashBurst.

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Creating a Professional Image: Repêchage CEO Lydia Sarfati Reveals How! | Beauty Launchpad

Wondering how to make a perfect first impression? We consulted with Repêchage CEO and Founder Lydia Sarfati to give you vital tips on creating a professional image.

Lydia Sarfati

“You only have one chance to make a first impression.” You have probably heard this phrase many, many times in your life. We are in the business of selling beauty and wellness, and if we don’t fit the part, how are we supposed to convince our clients? For the salon and spa industry, proper dress code, an image of vitality, and etiquette are so important when it comes to the impression we make on first-time clients. When it comes to your salon or spa, the image of beauty you relay may be specific to your environment. You may be a business where green hair and tattoos work for your employees and clientele, or you may be a business where it doesn’t. Regardless, you want to set an image that is professional.

Click the link listed below to find out what you need to do to ensure you relay a professional image to your clients….

via Creating a Professional Image: Repêchage CEO Lydia Sarfati Reveals How! | Beauty Launchpad.