The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 9/30/16

Sep 30, 2016 | Resource Lists

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.

This week, it’s all about research. Here are two great posts from Jesse Lyn Stoner.

Accuracy on the Internet: The Price of Freedom is Personal Responsibility

“The Internet is one of the final frontiers. Untamed and unregulated, it offers huge opportunity for individual freedom in exploration and communication. With a smartphone, you have access to anything you want to know at all times. However, the price of this great freedom is increased personal responsibility.

In the past, our information was curated for us. Now with open access, this has all changed. You can no longer depend on other sources to filter the quality or accuracy of the information you find.”

How to Easily Evaluate the Quality of Research

“A lot of numbers are thrown at us everyday by people who want to convince us to agree with them. A good study adds credibility to the point being made. But not all studies are credible.

In The Price of Freedom is Personal Responsibility, I shared tips and tools to help verify the information you come across. This article shows how to evaluate the quality of research being referenced.”

And, while we’re on the subject, I hope you’ll check out Tracy Allison Altman’s Evidence Soup Blog. I learn something there every week.

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.

Frances Caballo

Jane Friedman

Joel Friedlander

Joanna Penn

Melissa G. Wilson

Men with Pens

Merce Cardus


Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence