Stephen Wilbers

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

Recent content from Stephen Wilbers

Stephen Wilbers: Charge yourself $5 for every word you write

There's a hidden art to writing.

Updated: February 28, 2011, - 04:07 PM

Stephen Wilbers: Think first, then write to overcome writer's block

I don't have writer's block; I have deadlines.

Updated: February 09, 2011, - 03:55 PM

Keep reader's perspective in mind

"Happy holidays," my daughter's professor wrote to her over break. "Here are your assignments for next term."

Updated: January 02, 2011, - 02:45 PM

A Strunk and White's principle is key both to a writer's style and to this puzzle

For this year's holiday puzzle, I'd like to take you back to Principle 17.

Updated: December 26, 2010, - 05:34 PM

Better writing takes time, not just quick fixes

I have a tough job. Imagine trying to help people improve their writing in a half-day seminar. How do you have an impact in so little time?

Updated: December 05, 2010, - 07:49 PM

Conflict resolution doesn't have to mean compromise

Many people agree that a functioning democracy depends on compromise, but their passionate commitment to their beliefs makes compromise difficult.How do we find common ground in such a win-lose environment?

Updated: November 29, 2010, - 10:07 AM

How Rogerian persuasion can turn losers into winners

Are you feeling oppositional these days? If so, you're not alone.

Updated: November 07, 2010, - 03:04 PM

Stop the error. Then break the bad habit.

Make an error once, and you can bet you'll make it again. Why? Habit and generalization.

Updated: October 17, 2010, - 03:24 PM

Stephen Wilbers: I'll get straight to the point after answering this new e-mail

I'll get straight to the point after answering this new e-mail

Updated: October 03, 2010, - 05:00 PM

Sometimes the idiomatic phrase just seems idiotic

In response to my using the expression "Better hit the road," one reader wrote: "I am puzzled. While we know what meaning is being conveyed, my former teacher would have scolded me for using the word hit. She would have asked, 'What did you hit the road with?'"

Updated: September 19, 2010, - 02:35 PM

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