Stephen Wilbers

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

Recent content from Stephen Wilbers

Get aggressive about those passive-voice constructions

Although the passive voice is sometimes useful, the active voice is shorter, more direct and more emphatic. Often, however, the problem is not the overuse of the passive voice; it's the overuse of passive-sounding constructions.

Updated: November 29, 2009, - 11:09 PM

Winning, but without creating any losers

We live in a competitive world, a world of winners and losers, where winning means overcoming, vanquishing or destroying your opponent.

Updated: November 15, 2009, - 10:04 PM

Readers give tips to tame the e-mail monster

What's the first thing you do when you return to work from vacation?

Updated: November 01, 2009, - 10:38 PM

Communicate efficiently in world buried under e-mail

Whenever I go away, I come back to piles of work. Not that I'm complaining. I treasure my time away. But sometimes the joy of having been away is diminished by the stress of catching up.

Updated: October 04, 2009, - 06:20 PM

Let's agree on health care reform and, oh, yeah, grammar

The web of lies surrounding the health care debate are making it difficult to discuss the issue reasonably. None of the groups involved in this debate are stupid. The opposition, which includes supporters of the status quo, want slower change or no change.

Updated: September 21, 2009, - 10:16 AM

New colleague can be a better writer, with your help

Imagine this. Your boss walks into your office (or cubicle) and says, "We have a new hire. Smart, talented young person, but the writing skills are weak. I want you to mentor this person."

Updated: September 08, 2009, - 02:43 PM

A word to the wise every day

It takes thought and effort, but here's a way to keep the vocabulary cobwebs at bay.

Updated: August 30, 2009, - 05:14 PM

Stephen Wilbers: Reading keeps mind sharp, wits nimble

Words are the key to thoughts, which makes them one of life's greatest treasures.

Updated: August 16, 2009, - 10:11 PM

Stephen Wilbers: Sometimes, the hyphen dashes in to save the day

Here's a twist on the old my-dog-ate-my-assignment excuse. Michelle writes:

Updated: August 02, 2009, - 01:07 PM

It's important to get to the point - but all in good time

The bottom line doesn't always go on top.

Updated: July 19, 2009, - 06:04 PM

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