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HBR Guide to Better Business Writing [Kindle Edition]

Bryan A. Garner
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"Garner is a leading authority on writing and with this book he shows the importance of good business writing to save time, money, and the reader's patience. The text, with suggestions and practical tools, will help readers express ideas more clearly and persuasively." -- WorkStyle Magazine "At last! A book I can recommend to executives and to the human resource managers whose responsibility it is to develop executives: HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by Bryan A. Garner." Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, Better Business Writing Blog "If you need assistance in any of these and other areas, Garner's book will be of invaluable assistance now as well as in months and years to come." -- First Friday Book Synopsis

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DON'T LET YOUR WRITING HOLD YOU BACK.

When you’re fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a luxury. But it’s a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You’ll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over.

The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you:

• Push past writer’s block
• Grab—and keep—readers’ attention
• Earn credibility with tough audiences
• Trim the fat from your writing
• Strike the right tone
• Brush up on grammar, punctuation, and usage

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 397 KB
  • Print Length: 187 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 142218403X
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (8 Jan 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0YPJ0G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #147,785 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read 3 Mar 2013
By Ganesh
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is one of the best books around - Ones that you get to the end of and realize rereading it will never provide the same sense of pleasure. And it covers what most would consider a fairly dry topic.

For me, the book was more than worth its money. As a consultant, writing is a significant area of my job and i found atleast three a-ha moments:
1. There is process to writing. I would often merge content creation with edit. As the book argues, this tends to slow you down. The 4 Phases process of writing is great. It helps you go past the writer's block. An it lets you do this efficiently and comprehensively.
2. Grammar is very well covered. There are always those little things that confuse you even if your basics are clear. This book does a great job covering a lot of basic rules that you need to get right.
3. We get a definitive opinion on writing style. Ever wondered why NYT articles are a breeze? so did I. Reading the transitions chapter answered the question for me. Now, editing is about trying to make sentences flow together.

Cannot really fault the book in any way - it will be on my Kindle PC application handy for when I write the next proposal or report!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the first volumes in a new series of anthologies of articles previously published in Harvard Business Review. In most of them, several co-authors share their insights concerning a major business subject, as is also true of volumes in other such series, notably HBR Essentials, HBR Must Reads, and HBR Management Tips, HBR Guides offer great value in several ways. Here are two: Cutting-edge thinking from many experts in the given subject or from 25-30 sources in a single volume at a price (about $10.90 from Amazon in the bound version) for a fraction of what article reprints would cost.

In this volume, Bryan A. Garner created the material to help those who read this book to improve in areas that include overcoming writer's block, grabbing - and then keeping - readers' attention, earning credibility with especially tough audiences, trimming the fat from the message's "muscle," setting and then sustaining the right tone, and meanwhile, brushing up on the basics (i.e. grammar, punctuation, and usage). For those in need of further assistance, Garner provides a comprehensive bibliography, "Desk References," to which I presume to add Stephen King's On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.

The material is carefully organized within Four Sections: Delivering the Goods Quickly and Clearly (Chapters 1-7), Developing Your Skills (Chapters 8-15), Avoiding the Quirks That Turn Readers Off (Chapters 16 & 17), and Common Forms of Business Writing (Chapters 18-21). Readers will especially appreciate the six appendices that follow that are chock full of valuable tips and reminders. These appendices will also facilitate, indeed expedite frequent review of key material later.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 1 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nothing new or particularly interesting or inspiring. But useful if you have never considered how to write better business documents. Nonetheless some good tips.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done." Steven Wright 16 Jan 2013
By Robert Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is one of the first volumes in a new series of anthologies of articles previously published in Harvard Business Review. In most of them, several co-authors share their insights concerning a major business subject, as is also true of volumes in other such series, notably HBR Essentials, HBR Must Reads, and HBR Management Tips, HBR Guides offer great value in several ways. Here are two: Cutting-edge thinking from many experts in the given subject or from 25-30 sources in a single volume at a price (about $10.90 from Amazon in the bound version) for a fraction of what article reprints would cost.

In this volume, Bryan A. Garner created the material to help those who read this book to improve in areas that include overcoming writer's block, grabbing - and then keeping - readers' attention, earning credibility with especially tough audiences, trimming the fat from the message's "muscle," setting and then sustaining the right tone, and meanwhile, brushing up on the basics (i.e. grammar, punctuation, and usage). For those in need of further assistance, Garner provides a comprehensive bibliography, "Desk References," to which I presume to add Stephen King's On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft.

The material is carefully organized within Four Sections: Delivering the Goods Quickly and Clearly (Chapters 1-7), Developing Your Skills (Chapters 8-15), Avoiding the Quirks That Turn Readers Off (Chapters 16 & 17), and Common Forms of Business Writing (Chapters 18-21). Readers will especially appreciate the six appendices that follow that are chock full of valuable tips and reminders. These appendices will also facilitate, indeed expedite frequent review of key material later.

I commend Garner on his brilliant use of reader-friendly devices throughout the book. They include checklists of key points from various sources such as a series of paragraph openers from Manuel G. Velasquez's Business Ethics (2011) in Chapter 13, "Be a stickler for continuity." Also, "NOT THIS" -- "BUT THIS" juxtapositions to illustrate a solution to a common problem and recaps of key points in each chapter.

These are among the passages that caught my eye, listed to suggest the scope of Garner's coverage:

o Know why you're writing (Pages 3-6)
o Divide the writing process into four separate tasks (13-17)
o Be relentlessly clear (43-48)
o Be plain-spoken: Avoid Bizspeak (57-65)
o Don't anesthetize your reader (91-97)
o Performance appraisals (133-138)
o Appendix C: Punctuation Rules You Absolutely Need to Know (153-161)
o Appendix F: A Primer of Good Usage (169-197)

If you need assistance in any of these and other areas, Garner's book will be of invaluable assistance now as well as in months and years to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it. 17 Aug 2014
By J. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While initially an impulse buy, this book is now a critical resource that I consult often. For example, I used Gartner's breakdown of MACJ method to finish writing the final chapter of my dissertation. Do note that this book is aimed to develop general writing skills and only goes into the most common forms of business writing. If you need more specific advice, I suggest you supplement it with another book. That said, I highly recommend it for its brevity, clear organization, and actionable advice.
5.0 out of 5 stars The most helpful text among business communication publications! 29 Aug 2014
By Surai Thaneemit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I do much of my work over email and needed to improve my writing. After reading at least a dozen email netiquette and business writing texts, this book was the only 1 that had it all, suggestions, examples, rules of thumbs and common mistakes. The chapters flowed sensibly and the the advice easy to understand. I especially found the review on grammer useful.

Of the dozen books that I've read, this is the one I paid attention to and the one that I use.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good content, easy to read 20 Feb 2013
By buckeyede06 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is just a great book for anyone in business. Simple, to the point, and very relevant in this day and age of ADD communication habits. A must for any young business person.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book should be in everyone's library 21 July 2014
By Robert Kirk - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
You don't know what you don't know and this book will teach you. In studying for a communications course for my MBA I stumbled on this book. This is one of the better books on the subject and every page is chock full of handy tips to make your communication skills more effective. In summary, if you write a lot or if communications are part of your job then you need this book.
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