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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.


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.


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!


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.


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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