In the next several installments of Effective Communications, we’ll turn our attention to some nuts and bolts aspects of writing a business letter. That may sound mundane, but writing skills are crucial to business success — just ask BusinessWeek — and mastering the business letter is a great place to begin.No single one of these things will make or break your business. Like so much of successful business, when you write well no one will notice. Similarly, if you write poorly, you’ll look unprofessional, inept, or just plain sloppy.
The great thing about developing writing skills is that it pays off in multiple areas. Writing skills come into play in email, memos, sales letters, brochures, and many other places. If you can write an effective business letter, odds are you’ll be better able to write other things with skill, confidence, and panache.
In each posting, we’ll examine a different aspect of the business letter, including:
* Subject line
By the time, we’ve covered all these topics, you’ll be conversant with seven C’s of effective business letters. These principles will be useful to you in everything else you write and make you a better, more effective communicator.
The Seven Cs: