"A bad writer has no rights whatever. Any mercy shown to him is wasted and mistaken." H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956
I wrote The Power of Writing Well to address everything managers, leaders, engineers, scientists, and others need to be better senders and receiver's, not to cover everything they need to know about the language or to be the perfect sender or receiver; nobody is.
The many books on writing and communicating that claim to be everything to everybody fail simply because they are overwhelmingly complex, full of jargon and useless labels and distinctions such as participial phrase as opposed to gerund phrase, or transitive verb versus intransitive verb. Most of us outside of academe don't care, and we shouldn't since they are not relevant to our needs.
This short book condenses the habits and techniques - your tools - that work most of the time for most of the people who write at work and want to be happier in all parts of their lives: nothing more, nothing less . It is also a true and accurate reflection of my 40 years of writing for business and of teaching writing at two prestigious universities and many professional societies and companies. You can trust that what I'm telling you will improve your abilities to communicate and think, and make you more productive, promotable, and happy. It will also make your organization more efficient and profitable.
I guarantee it, and my students attest to it .
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Okay.... But 1) Too 2) Many 3) Lists
This book should have taken its own advice about lists and bullet points. Every single chapter was a series of lists, with sub lists with over-simplified examples that marginally explained the listed item before initiating a sub-list or moving on to another bullet point. Or sometimes had no explanation. Item # 6 in a list of 17 writing tips stated "always be cohesive, and unified", and then went straight to 7. Also, to my memory, it WAS a list of writing techniques, but there were 17 of them and I don't really remember the focus of the list after 17 things and an hour of discussion.
Well-paced reading for the subject material.
Somewhat. Probably had 5-10 takeaways after 4 hours of lists.
- Amazon Customer
Practical ,useful advice
you can expect practical, useful advice from a professional writer, and you get it with this book. Geissler has written for a variety of businesses, taught advanced writing at prestigious universities and firms, and authored eight books and counting. Trust him to give you the straight skinny