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Which products best help to sharpen your writing skills?

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Question: "Sometimes our boss gives everyone on our admin team $100 to spend on things we can use to improve our skills. This quarter, that $100 can go toward whatever I can think of that might help me become a better writer. Does anyone have suggestions on what books or software I should order? It's a case of use it or lose it!" - Clara, Vendor Relations

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Robin L. Robertson April 23, 2015 at 4:24 pm

I would highly recommend taking that money and joining the IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals). They have an extensive library of publications and tools for the admin and a plethora of training opportunities. I have been in the IAAP for four years and have advanced my skills well beyond what I could have imagined.

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Samantha Pell April 20, 2015 at 9:33 am

One book I bought which I really like is Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley. Very good guide to everyday business writing and making yourself understood clearly and getting your point across.

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Frida April 15, 2015 at 12:40 pm

One of the best books I’ve bought was the HBR Guide to Better Business Writing by Bryan A. Garner (Harvard Business Review). I would also recommend a good, comprehensive thesaurus!

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Sharon April 10, 2015 at 12:49 pm

Go to Office Dynamics-they have a ton of books, webinars and resources you can look into to improve your writing skills, admin skills, communication, etc. You can also share them with the other admins.

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Ashley H April 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Becoming a better writer is a little vague–what areas do you think you could brush up on? I often find that people are fine writers, but misunderstand the art of document design. Knowing how to design a template, what fonts to use in an agenda, and when to use a bulleted list vs. paragraphs–these are the writing tips I find that the majority of my colleagues need. They can write a perfectly good sentence, but they look unprofessional sending their work out in badly aligned documents with font problems. I’d look up some technical writing books and document design. I like books like The Non-Designer’s Design Book by R. Williams; though I don’t do a lot of graphic design in my daily work, the principals still apply. When my boss asks me to throw some data into a sheet, instead of handing him a plain Excel document I can give him an easy-to-read document with a data graphic and clear sections. Grammar and writing tips are free all over the internet (check out the OWL at Purdue University, it’s a great resource!).

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