The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 8/21/15

Aug 21, 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 articles and blog posts that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. Some weeks there are more pointers than others.

Articles & Posts

This week I’m pointing you to pieces on simplifying your writing and tools to help you create infographics.

From Rachel Bell: Eliminate these 5 words and phrases to simplify your writing

“When people ask me to share writing tips, my answer is always the same. Simplify. You’ll get to the point faster and keep readers engaged longer.”

From Jillian Petrova: 20 Cool Tools for Creating Infographics

“An infographic, put simply, is a creative way to take a ‘thousand words’ and depict them using a picture. These days, readers are looking for quick access to brief information.”

Reading Lists and Suggestions

Stephen King says that if you want to be a writer, there are two things you must do: read a lot and write a lot. This section of the Writing Edge is about the “read a lot” part.

From Tom Schulte: L2L Infographic: Top 7 Leadership Books of 2015

From Mark Bowden: Mark Bowden’s Five Essential Books for Influence and Persuasion

“Mark Bowden is a friend, co-conspirator, CEO of TruthPlane and the smartest person I know about the art and science of influencing people. I’m thrilled that he is my guest blogger today, sharing his five essential books for influence and persuasion.”

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.

Digital Book World

Frances Caballo

Joanna Penn

Merce Cardus


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence