Skilled at marketing, but not at spelling? How about punctuation? Capitalization? Some of the most brilliant people in history couldn’t spell well, but they didn’t let that stop them from reaching their goals. And today, it doesn’t stop Charles Schwab or writer Stephen J. Cannell. Why should you be different?
Take a look at a list of famous people who had the gift of dyslexia. None of these people let dyslexia stop them from reaching their goals…of being all they could be.
Someone recently sent me an e-mail with an article included. It said:
“I noticed that you have a newsletter, and was wounding if you accepted Articles. If you do not accept articles, please let me know and I will remove you from my list. If you accept articles but only for A certain categories please send me the category, so I can up date my records.”
Interesting. Someone who wants to be published writes an introduction full of errors. Here’s an excerpt from another letter:
“I am a freelance journalist and author with experience in editind and proof reading documents. Do you care for my online services? If so pl contact.”
So what can you do if spelling, punctuation, and capitalization aren’t some of your strengths, yet regular writing is a “must”? Try an online dictionary like Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary (www.m-w.com). It will also help you out with capitalization.
You can buy a style guide like The Gregg Reference Manual. Or Merriam-Webster’s Concise Dictionary of English Usage.
If you’re a busy professional who writes to market yourself and your business, but can’t get quite the words right, find someone who edits copy (a copyeditor). Sure, it’ll cost something, but why risk opening yourself to ridicule when, in fact, you’re very intelligent?
Rather than being embarrassed about your weaknesses in business communications, deal with them. Then focus on your strengths. You can do it!