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An Easy Way to Increase Your Value 50%

September 6th, 2019


If there was one thing you could do improve your employment value by 50% would you do it?

Of course you would. So take a writing class.

“The one easy way to become worth 50% more than you are now — at least — is to hone your communication skills — both written and verbal." That bit of advice comes from none other than the Oracle of Omaha himself, Warren Buffet.

“If you can’t communicate, it’s like winking at a girl in the dark — nothing happens. You can have all the brainpower in the world, but you have to be able to transmit it. And the transmission is communication," says Buffet.

The Internet is rife with advice and guides on improving your writing. Sadly, much of it is so general as to be less than helpful. Telling you to "write simply" is true enough, but how do you do that? That's where taking a class with an instructor who is also a good editor makes a difference.

Meanwhile, there are several online sites where the advice is more concrete and you'll find examples to guide you.

Grammarly, for example, tells you "Don’t pad weak words with adverbs," then shows you what that means: "Was something 'extremely funny'? Nah, it was 'hilarious.'"

Medium has an article with some basic guidelines illustrated by one or two common business writing examples. By no means is it comprehensive; think of it as a starting place to raise your awareness.

Even just making one or two small changes (cutting the use of adverbs by half and eliminating nearly every "that," "could have," and "would") will start you on the path to better writing.

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