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Default Improving business writing skills

Going into this profession, I knew the importance of having solid quantitative & technical skills but I never overlooked the value in being able to write elegantly.
Perhaps I'm wrong here and the value is minimal in this profession.

I know the latter is not as important as the former but improving my English and writing are some of the things that I want to accomplish.

Any of you guys enjoy writing (blogging, writing articles, etc), recommend any ways I can reach this goal?
I even thought about taking writing courses.
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The AO isn't a bad place to practice. Stupid questions get ridiculed, long questions tend to get ignored, and good ones tend to generate a lot of discussion.
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I remember to go straight to the point and keep the overall email short to upper management. It might sound like I'm demanding info rather than kindly requesting, but I remind myself they probably won't take it offensively.

Rather than writing "effectively" to get responses, I'm asking how I can improve writing more elegantly or with more sophistication.

Maybe I need to read more books written in advanced English...
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Take a course in technical writing.

Read more (this will help improve your vocabulary).
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This probably isn’t as specific an answer as you’d like, but I’d echo some of the posters above and say that reading challenging literature and practicing writing more artfully is the best approach. I’d suggest finding a writer (could be a colleague whose writing you like, a journalist, a blogger, or an author) and take the time to read and appreciate what and how he or she writes. Consciously reflect on what words and sentence structures he or she uses that you find particularly successful, and do your best to integrate those observations into your own writing.
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I never did anything formal. The longer I've worked and the more emails I've sent the better I got at writing them.
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I ask someone to proofread my important emails now. And I usually take half a day between drafting, proofreading, re-reading, and sending. Sometimes, the answer is as simple as time.
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I ask someone to proofread my important emails now. And I usually take half a day between drafting, proofreading, re-reading, and sending. Sometimes, the answer is as simple as time.
Half a day to send an email?

Good luck with that when you get to a more senior position.
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The most important emails, the ones that take time to craft - I take half a day minimum.
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