Incorrect spelling, poor grammar and lack of punctuation can make the difference between success and failure in business.
Maybe that’s a tad overstated but it certainly doesn’t make your business look great. When I see business documentation which is littered with errors it makes me wonder about their attention to detail and, depending on the sector, their professionalism.
Not everyone finds it easy to get these areas correct. Dyslexia, in particular, has a profound impact on how well you can express yourself in writing. However, there are tools available that can help you to ensure your written material is clear, accurate and gives the right professional impression.
My absolute favourite is Grammarly. I have this running all the time keeping an eye on my grammar and spelling. I spend much of my day writing and, like everyone else, I have a mental block about some things. I have a particular issue with commas. I tend to add them where they do not belong. Also, my natural writing style tends toward long, compound sentences and I have to work quite hard to keep my sentence length down.
The Advantages of Grammarly
Grammarly provides both a free and paid version of their service. If you don’t write as a profession then the free version is perfect. It automatically finds grammar, spelling, punctuation and style mistakes. There is a free browser extension for Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge which allows Grammarly to help you write well on the web. If you use Gmail, the browser extension will assist you with your emails as well.
It is also available for Microsoft Windows. With the Windows version, just open Grammarly using the button it installs on your ribbon and a window opens to the right of the screen. Grammarly’s suggestions appear in the window and are underlined in the text.
One really cool feature is the weekly review of your writing activity. This is a fascinating insight into your writing. Comparing the weekly reports allows you to see how your writing has improved over time.
The reports are a bit addictive. I’m a bit of a geek with words. Having a report arrive in my InBox telling me how many words I’ve written that week and how accurate I have been, is quite exciting. I am always amazed at just how much I write. Last week it was 28,200 words. Since I started using Grammarly in 2017 it has checked 1,850,226 words for me!! Most weeks I have used more unique words than 99% of Grammarly users and been more productive than 97% of Grammarly users. I am quite proud of those figures.
Why not check out Grammarly if you want to ensure your marketing, blogs and social media posts are accurate and well written. You can find out more, and sign up for a free account, here.
And, if you are fine with the grammar and spelling but just don’t know what to write, get in touch. I’d be pleased to help. As you can see from the figures, I do quite like writing.