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What will you say is the best way to improve one's writing? does for example writing 20 mins daily help?

MBB Writing skills
New answer on Feb 22, 2021
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Anonymous A asked on Feb 20, 2021

are the any books or magazines one need to read to hone his or her writing skills? How important is writing skills in consulting? Thanks to the experts here for taking your time to answer the questions.You are really appreciated be blessed.

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Ian
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replied on Feb 20, 2021
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Hi there,

The key with writing is to be clear and concise. The more directly you can get your point across, the better.

1) Learn by doing. Practice makes perfect here. So, yes, writing daily will help. However, you need editing. As such, I'd recommend you try and write publicly so that you are forced to write well. Try and start a blog, or write for one (SpencerTom for example)

2) Read. Learn by "watching". I highly recommend The Economist, BCG insights, and McKinsey insights

3) Train. Learn from experts. More than happy to work with you on your business/professional writing! A few adjustments/tricks go a long way!

Q&A How to Improve Communication: https://www.preplounge.com/en/consulting-forum/how-to-improve-communication-skill-oralwriting-more-concise-to-the-point-8942

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Anonymous A on Feb 21, 2021

Thank you very much Ian

Gaurav
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replied on Feb 22, 2021
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Hi there,

Yes, everyday practice - even 20 min/day - would help! Consistency is the key.

Check also the app for the PC called "cold turkey". It blocks your screen unless you've typed enough characters / spent enough time typing:

https://getcoldturkey.com/

Reading well-written articles is a good way to train your taste, too.

Writing skills in consulting are pretty important - a lot of communication is done via emails, and to save everybody's time, you need to keep it short & be precise at the same time.

Hope it helps!

Cheers, GB

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Anonymous A on Feb 22, 2021

Thank you very much Gaurav

Rory on Apr 01, 2024

There are numerous books and magazines that can help individuals hone their writing skills. Here are a few recommendations:

Books
  1. "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft" by Stephen King - Offers insights into the craft of writing from one of the most prolific authors of our time.
  2. "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White - A timeless guide to English grammar and writing style.
  3. "Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott - Provides practical advice and encouragement for writers.
  4. "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield - Explores overcoming resistance and unleashing creativity.
  5. "On Writing Well" by William Zinsser - Focuses on nonfiction writing and offers guidance on clarity and brevity.
Magazines
  1. "The New Yorker" - Known for its high-quality writing and journalism across a variety of topics.
  2. "The Atlantic" - Features long-form journalism and essays on current affairs, culture, and more.
  3. "Harper's Magazine" - Publishes fiction, nonfiction, and essays on politics, culture, and literature.

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Clara
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replied on Feb 22, 2021
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Hello!

You are most welcome, and thanks for thanking :)

Can you clarify which writting skill you want to improve?

Overall, practice helps the most, but perhaps ther are some apps or tools we can direct you to for specific targets.

Hope it helps!

Cheers,

Clara

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Anonymous A on Feb 23, 2021

Thank you very much Clara. I just want to develop excellent writing skills or just to be a good writer

Florian
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Hey there,

Depends on what you are looking for. Are you interested in

  • writing like a management consultant? Then read the Pyramid Principle by Minto (best example of concise top-down communication)
  • writing like an academic? Go, read academic papers (best example, albeit horrible to read for a consultant, for bottom-up communication)
  • writing marketing copy that sells? Then take a class on Udemy, etc. or watch Youtube videos on the topic

In the end, it's a mix of learning and practicing either of the three.

Cheers,
Florian

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Anonymous A on Feb 22, 2021

Thanks a lot Florian

Florian on Feb 22, 2021

You are very welcome! :-)

Raj
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replied on Feb 21, 2021
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Succinct and specific writing is rather important in consulting across all levels. The more business reading you do the more you will pick up through osmosis. Read through magazines like HBR, Bloomberg, the Economist, FT, Quartz etc

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Anonymous A on Feb 22, 2021

Thanks a lot Raj

Adi
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Anonymous A on Feb 21, 2021

Thank you very much Adi

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