Stephen Wilbers

Columnist | Effective Writing
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Stephen Wilbers teaches seminars in effective business writing. His column appears online every other Monday.

Recent content from Stephen Wilbers

Wilbers: To get your grammar right, connect your thoughts

“Grammar is a piano I play by ear,” Joan Didion once observed. “All I know about grammar is its power.”...

Updated: February 22, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Use Rogerian affirmation to calm a disgruntled customer

My wife was trying to pay our insurance premium online. I heard her sigh and then groan. Finally she picked...

Updated: February 08, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Six things you need to do to succeed with your writing

“A brilliant message alone is not sufficient,” Dartmouth professor Mary Munter writes in “Guide to Managerial Communication.” “You are successful...

Updated: January 25, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Reading will make you a better writer and a better person

By the time this column appears, Mark Zuckerberg will have finished reading “The End of Power” by Moisés Naím —...

Updated: January 11, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: It's the season to appreciate the simple gifts in life

As I look back on 2014, I feel thankful for the many blessings in my life. Some I take for...

Updated: December 28, 2014, - 12:42 PM

Wilbers: Writing in the first person? Yes, I would

If it weren’t for you, dear reader, I would be writing my second-to-last column for this newspaper. But because so...

Updated: December 14, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Parting is such sweet sorrow, even for newspaper columnists

Have you ever asked yourself, why do writers write?If you’re writing for business, it’s to get the job done, to...

Updated: November 28, 2014, - 11:43 PM

Wilbers: Follow the most basic rule for writers: Look; don't guess

I’m often asked where I get my ideas for this column. The answer is from you — that is, from...

Updated: November 16, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Don't forget the third P of American business writing style

How would you describe American business writing style?In other words, how would you describe our style of business communication compared...

Updated: November 02, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Wilbers: Seven criteria to consider before writing

Do you love e-mail? Do you hate it? Do you have mixed feelings about it?I’ve been asking participants in my...

Updated: October 19, 2014, - 02:00 PM

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