The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 9/12/14

Sep 12, 2014 | 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 books you can learn from.

From Michael Dell: Must-Read Business Books Right Now

“At the Dell household, Labor Day marks the undeniable end of summer. It’s back to school for the kids and back to the crazy pace that fall brings. (Secretly, I like it that way. I always have.) But the lull of summer is special, too, and a great time to catch up on all those things we have trouble getting to the rest of the year, like that pile of books on the nightstand. I’m happy to say I got to spend part of my summer with some great books written by some very smart people.”

Wally’s Comment: Check out selections of business books to see what all the fuss is about. Analyze these books, and other popular business books, to see what lessons you can learn from them for your writing.

From Shane Snow: Five Essential Books on Lateral Thinking

“My guest post today is by Shane Snow, a New York City-based technology journalist and web entrepreneur. He is also the author of Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success, which examines how companies and people employ ‘lateral thinking’ to rethink convention and break ‘rules’ that aren’t rules.”

Wally’s Comment: Check out books like these to find the one(s) that help you. That’s a personal choice, but someone else’s list is a good starting point. One of my favorite and most re-read books is Shane’s first choice.

Sources I Check Regularly

I find the posts and articles that I share with you on The Writer’s 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