Writing Skills for Workplace Success

Photo Credit: http://mrg.bz/b1OTvLA conversation with Pat Wagner on ‘Writing Skills for Workplace Success,’ a hands-on program in which participants learn effective writing skills and put them into practice.

Can adults learn to write?
Yes. It can be developed through practice like any other skill. The problem is that adults with little writing experience come in with psychological barriers. Some have been called stupid by a parent or teacher, or their writing has been criticized in such a way as to scare them away from the whole process. Also, many people have an inflated view of what it means to be a writer. They assume that in order to write at all you have to be the best. It’s just not true. I made part of my living for 25 years as a professional writer. I wasn’t the best, but I was reliable, accurate, worked well with my editor, and I understood my audiences.

Can you be influential in your workplace without good writing?
It’s much harder. For better or worse, the people above you on the food chain are always looking at you, always judging, watching for talent and skills. The management in any company wants their employees to be able to express themselves well, and writing is a big part of that. In large, formal organizations employees are expected to communicate through memos, essays, reports, etc., and in these instances both good and poor writing stand out.

How can writing well advance your career?
I have competed with people for various gigs who were more qualified and experienced than me; I got the work because I was a better writer. Good writing will benefit people even if they aren’t on a career track. For example, a fry cook at a fast food restaurant might have a great idea. His supervisor says “I love it, write up a memo, and we’ll send it up the chain.” Being able to write well is key in such situations.

Gain confidence in your writing with Writing Skills for Workplace Success.

Quick tip: Practice, practice, practice.


Writers of all skill levels can benefit from the wealth of information at Purdue’s Online Writing Lab

Great grammar tips by Grammar Girl

The always useful Chicago Manual of Style

What Libraries Need To Know To Help Local Businesses Succeed

We have worked for libraries since 1978 and for business start-ups longer. Although we applaud the work public libraries are doing to support business success, we have noticed an interesting disconnect. Most of our friends who work in libraries have never started or run a successful business. It is one thing to watch a relative or friend spend long hours from idea to new business and on to success or failure, but watching is different from doing it yourself. And it also makes a difference if you have been involved hands-on with different business models and in different fields and not just one enterprise.

What Libraries Need To Know To Help Local Businesses Succeed

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 from 10:30 am to 11:30 am Eastern Time (USA)

Fee:  $49.00. Receive a discount of $20.00 when you use the discount code SAVE20.

Photo Credit: The Library of Congress 1939. No known copyright descriptions. This is an adaptation of the original work. http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/2179131683Libraries help people start and grow neighborhood businesses with programs on government licensing and funding, as well as workshops on research. But how many people on your staff have ever run a successful business? How can you help the self-employed professional or artisan who won’t qualify for a bank loan? What about the unemployed dreamer who needs a reality check about what it takes to open a restaurant or make money from an invention? Who in your community can offer advice that applies to current business models? Can you offer business-support services that will create new jobs in your community?

Participants will learn how to:

– Better see, hear, and understand the challenges to small business success; it is not just about filling out forms.

– Identify and target the different kinds of businesses, business models, and business owners:

– Build a team of local business owners to provide advice on relevant programming,
funding, marketing, and personnel issues.