The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 4/24/15

Apr 24, 2015 | Better Writing

You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to one or two pieces that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. This week I’m pointing you to pieces on how writing is like carpentry and the reading recommendations of top execs.

From Michael Wade: Carpentry

“My work today – completion of a class workbook – does not involve real carpentry but I’ve come to regard it as similar to that admirable trade. The table now needs to be assembled, sanded, stained, and polished. I carefully take each stage and avoid jumping ahead or unduly rushing through any point.”

From Caroline McMillan Portillo: Meg Whitman, Bethany Mayer and other top execs share the books they recommend to their staff

“The conversation got us thinking. So we asked a handful of senior leaders from around the country: What books do they ask their staff or managers to read? Take a look at what they had to say — before you get sucked into the traditional summer reading list.”

Sources I Check Regularly

I find the posts and articles that I share with you on The Writing Edge in many places. But there are a few that provide insightful pieces again and again. Here they are.

The CopyBlogger Blog


Digital Book World

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence