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

For the right stuff, don't write to impress; write to connect

Kelsey writes, "I'm a high school senior who has a history of struggling with writing, devoting hours upon hours to the shortest of pieces. ... As my school's valedictorian, I have the honor and burden of delivering a speech at graduation.

Updated: April 01, 2012, - 05:39 PM

Four ways to help team members develop their writing skills

When I tell people I meet that I offer training programs in effective writing, a common response is, "Can you believe how poorly people write these days?"

Updated: March 18, 2012, - 03:55 PM

Singular advice on getting your verbs and subjects to agree

Making verbs agree with their subjects can be tricky.

Updated: March 11, 2012, - 03:32 PM

Assumptions and attitude shape writers in so many ways

Thanks for joining me this morning. I really appreciate your time. As you know, we have received a number of complaints about the quality of our writing, and I want your help in diagnosing the problem.

Updated: February 26, 2012, - 03:46 PM

Wilbers: 'Top 10 Tips for Great Writing' could use some tweaking

How trustworthy is the information we find on the Internet?

Updated: February 12, 2012, - 06:24 PM

Wilbers: Readers question 'shrunk' and use of singular 'their,' 'they'

A number of readers objected to my use of the third person plural their and they in reference to the singular person in the following sentence:

Updated: January 29, 2012, - 07:38 PM

Round up the usual grammar suspects

I was waiting to transfer flights at Chicago's Midway Airport when I overheard a man at the bar ask his companion, "On a scale of one to 10, how good are you?"

Updated: January 15, 2012, - 07:05 PM

Share your knowledge and help a younger writer succeed

At this time every year I usually write a New Year's column challenging you to improve your writing. This year I'd like to try something different. Rather than asking you to look inward, how about looking outward? I challenge you to share your knowledge with a younger writer.

Updated: January 01, 2012, - 10:15 AM

Wilbers: Good writers protect team members from harsh critics

I heard an interesting story the other day. It was both strange and oddly familiar.

Updated: December 25, 2011, - 03:44 PM

Writing reflects the writer, or at least the writer's persona

You have two kinds of style: surface and deep.

Updated: December 11, 2011, - 07:04 PM

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