How much money is bad writing costing your business?

Unclear messages tax the time and patience of colleagues, clients, partners and execs. Clarifying and streamlining your emails, letters, manuals, etc., will save your organization big bucks.

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Bad writing causes 40 percent of the cost of managing business transactions, writes William H. DuBay, a readability expert at Impact Information, in Working with Plain Language (PDF).

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How much is bad writing costing your organization?

“Try to imagine the costs of poor writing … in business, government, and law,” writes Joseph Kimble, chair of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s research and writing department. “The costs are almost beyond imagining, and certainly beyond calculating.”

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