6 tips for better business writing

Beyond the trend of ‘writing like you talk,’ texting and other online shorthand have diminished literacy in corporate communication.

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When Caren Berg told colleagues at a recent staff meeting, “There’s new people you should meet,” her boss Don Silver broke in. “I cringe every time I hear” people misuse “is” for “are,” Mr. Silver says. He also hammers interns to stop peppering sentences with “like.” For years, he imposed a 25-cent fine on new hires for each offense. “I am losing the battle.”

It’s not just Mr. Silver who is losing the battle. Companies across the country are waging the same war, and it’s becoming an epidemic.

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