As many of you know, in addition to being a USA TODAY Bestselling author, I am also the Director of Sales and Business Development for an amazing company. Prior to my corporate position, I served as a special education teacher in an intensive intervention classroom for children with special needs. Although the content has ranged drastically, I have consistently used my writing skills to create content and communicate with others.
Now, do I make mistakes while writing? Absolutely. Is my grammar perfect? No. Do I still struggle to spell the word unfortunately? Yes! Seriously, it drives me insane, but I just cannot seem to spell that word without the dreaded little red line popping up underneath.
Everyone makes mistakes. From famous authors, to presidential speechwriters, to copyeditors, everyone, I repeat everyone, makes mistakes. I’m not even sure if that last sentence is correct. I’ve read it several times and I’m still not sure…
Anyways, I digress. Everyone makes mistakes and that’s okay. However, there is a very fine line between an, “Oops! I forgot the comma,” and five mistakes per every six words.
When I read a poorly constructed email, I often wonder, did he write this in a hurry? Is this correspondence not important to her? What would the CEO of the company think if she read this email? What would my editor say to me after reading this email?
Poor writing skills reflect negatively upon you as a professional. Again, many may ask, who cares? Well, according to recent study conducted by the folks at Grammarly, those with better writing skills are compensated at a higher rate then their peers who make more frequent mistakes.
Check out the graphic below to see exactly what I’m writing about!
Pretty amazing information, huh?
The results from this study resonate with me as both an author and as a professional woman working in a corporate setting. Bottom line? Writing matters and those who are better writers, receive better financial compensation for their work.
So what does this mean for you? Simple, always do your best when writing in any setting. You never know who will read your work and how it will impact their opinion of you as a professional.
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