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Is Your Writing Oscar-Worthy?

This month we’ve talked about Writing with Power. We covered choosing words with precision. Sharing made this my most popular post so far. Then we looked at two kinds of benefits your customers get when they use your product or service.

After watching the Oscars last night, I decided I should cover one more topic before I concluded Writing with Power. That’s right, the Oscars.

What did you think when Jennifer Lawrence tripped as she climbed the stairs to accept her Best Actress award? Were you embarrassed on her behalf or sympathetic? I was both. Sure, she could have practiced climbing stairs in her amazing ball gown, and she did trim six inches from the front of the dress (see what a good little researcher I am?), but accidents happen. You don’t get a second take at the Oscars.

The Academy Awards Ceremony is a live event; the performances and movies they honor – even the documentaries – have, however, been planned, practiced, and edited beyond your wildest imagining.

Writing for your business is like filmmaking – you have time and opportunity to refine your work before presenting it to the world. Edit your writing so your ideas flow logically and your words create the effect you desire. Proofread. Proofread again. You don’t have to spend much time doing this, but you do need to pay careful attention.

The human mind being what it is, errors will slip through occasionally, but they won’t harm your credibility – or your business’ – if your writing is generally error-free and Oscar-worthy.

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