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The Most Important Business Skill, Ever


Robby

It’s writing.

I certainly didn’t bury the lead on that one! Writing is the most fundamental and more important skill you will ever learn in school and ever apply in business.

There’s no shortage of places that you will use writing in the workplace. Whenever you compose emails, type up agendas, assemble proposals or compile minutes, you are writing.

Even more important than the words is the writing process. For the IndyAtWork blog, my personal approach to writing is to start with a impactful title and then sketch out the major points. Later, I fill in the details piece by piece. This same technique can be used for any kind of business communication, whether you are doing a huge presentation or giving an elevator pitch.

Writing also enables people to communicate their ideas and their competence in advance of a meeting. A cover letter is in many respects, more important than a résumé. Anybody can look good in a résumé, but if you write your own cover letter your authentic voice will shine through.

Likewise, companies are impressed by well-written proposals. And in the age of social media, people read your musings before you ever set in the door. They see what you’ve placed in blog posts, Internet comments and on Facebook walls.

Writing is the most important business skill. Don’t forget it, and don’t forget to practice writing every day!

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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