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Write to the Top [Paperback]

Dumaine Deborah

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1 Aug 2004
Now reorganized into an easy-to-follow, six step approach to effective writing for every business communication format.

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  • Paperback: 279 pages
  • Publisher: Random House USA Inc; New title edition (1 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812968980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812968989
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,238,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars proven over the long run 7 April 2005
By Tom Perrine - Published on Amazon.com
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I first encountered this book in the late '80s. Since then, I've use the techniques from the book to write technical papers and documentation, employee reviews, published articles and winning proposals for million-dollar government contracts. I even used it to write testimony for a Congressional hearing.

The process outlined in this book is NOT a fad, and not "buzzword compliant", it's a proven, well-defined process that allows almost anyone to write like the best writers. These techniques will have you writing naturally, with clarity and focus.

These same techniques will also provide a big help in organizing your thoughts, and creating careful and insightful analysis.

For those who have trouble or anxiety about writing, having a well-defined process solves most of the problems with procrastination or "not knowing what to write, or how". This book provides that process. It simplifies the mechanics of "how" to write, so that you can focus on "what" to write, and getting your message across to the audience.

I'm glad this book is out in a new edition. I'll be buying copies for most of my technical staff, and suggesting it to my graduate students.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best business writing reference ever 21 May 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This book really cuts to the chase. It includes what you need to know for all types of business documents, and doesn't bother with things you really don't need to know to get the job done. This is perfect for those of us who are already too busy. It's helped me make my business correspondence clear, succinct, and to the point. If your work requires any writing at all, you should have this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensible guidelines for clear, down-to-earth writing 2 May 2013
By A customer - Published on Amazon.com
I still remember a very humbling lesson early in my career: I had recently arrived at my first corporate job with my hot little MBA in hand, eager to wow everyone with my knowledge and brilliance. The first big proposal I wrote ended up being about 25 pages long, filled with dense details, complex terminology, and all the latest business-speak buzzwords. "That'll impress the boys upstairs," I thought as I sent it up to executive suite...

Well you can imagine the response my great proposal got: In a word, none. I was devastated. Devastated not only because I had poured countless hours into the writing, but also because it actually did contain some pretty good ideas. Problem was nobody noticed them.

I wish I had read "Write to the Top."

This book would have helped me distill my ideas, present them in an easy-to-read format, and write in a more natural, engaging style. It would have saved me writing time. It would have helped my career.

The good news is that the strategies and tips in "Write to the Top" are more relevant today than ever. They apply to any type of writing, from formal documents to quick emails. Plus the book "walks the talk" with its clear, easy-to-follow writing style. Well worth it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What would I do without this book? 26 April 2013
By Nancy Breuer - Published on Amazon.com
Before I came across this book, I thought I was a pretty good writer. Yet one painful memory of my first magazine cover story kept rattling around in my head: my editor had read my first draft and said, "Beautiful writing. But what's your point?" Ouch.

If I had read and applied what I've learned from Write to the Top before writing the cover story, that little scenario would never have happened. My point would have POPPED.

My point has popped ever since. Even if I hadn't learned lots of other things from this book, the technique of coming up with my bottom line first would make the book worth its price. I've returned to it many times, and probably will again.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST Business Writing Guide Out There 29 April 2013
By A customer - Published on Amazon.com
Write to the Top is the BEST business writing guide out there. It's easy to follow, chock full of tips and tools, and a great guide that I will use for a long time.

I actually receive comments frequently when I speak with clients about how clear my messages are. I no longer write in chunks of text or in a stream of consciousness. Write to the Top has forever changed how I handle my business communications.
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