Writing is a very important skill that is slowly deteriorating in this day and age with addition of so many abbreviations. Social media is show casing everyone’s writing talent to the world whether it is a LinkedIn update, a Tweet or a blog post, your writing abilities are out there for the world to see.
The way you present a written piece of work reflects your thinking pattern. It needs to clear, legible and convincing so you can prove yourself as a great thinker and valuable employee. This will help you to be taken more seriously by your manager, colleagues, clients and potential employers.
Striving to become a better writer is a continuous learning curve that you should always look to improve. For most jobs in the Third Sector you will need to communicate by writing on a daily basis. You may want to use your personal website or social media accounts to promote your charities campaigns in your spare time. Here are a few tips to help your writing skills improve.
1. Practice Makes Perfect
The age old saying is still very true and applies to many walks of life, practice as often as you can. A great way to start is to write a personal blog, dust off that New Year’s resolution and start writing. Look to your work place and ask the marketing team if you can write content for them, I’m sure they will be grateful for the extra help. Set up a timetable for yourself to help you keep up with regular writing practice.
2. Read Out Loud
By reading your work out loud, you hear it from a different angle and it’s a great way to check how it sounds to other people. This is especially helpful for emails where sometimes it’s difficult to convey a certain tone, and they can often be misinterpreted.
3. Less is more
Whilst reviewing your first draft you need to think about making it more concise. How can you write the same message using fewer words? Depending on the type of content you are writing, bullet points can help. A lot of people in business have very busy schedules and they are not likely to read a long email or article. Twitter can help with making your writing more concise, give it a try.
The headline of your article is one of the first pieces of information someone will read so you need to spend some time on this. It needs to be enticing and encourage someone to take note of what you are saying. Lists and questions are very popular formats to follow but there is a lot of trial and error to tailor headings for your target audience.
Read as much as you can. By reading examples of the great writing you will start to develop ideas of your own and incorporate them into your own writing. Try to read anything from books, to news articles, Tweets, Facebook posts, all sources will start to contribute different ideas. The beauty of smart phones these days is they allow you store a wide variety of content so you can utilise your time on the move if you have a busy schedule.