What you say in print represents what you say in person. Whether you're writing a letter, an email, a blog, a newsletter or a book, you MUST read over what you've written very carefully before you print or send. A newsletter or email that's full of typos and grammatical errors represents you as a person who doesn't attend to details, is careless, is ignorant, or is illiterate. And yet, you are none of those things!
Imagine this: You're at a networking event and approach someone with your hand out. He smiles warmly, shakes your hand, and says, "I's glad to meet youse. Where done you come from?" Do you expect him to have half a clue about business? About working with people? Probably not.
No matter the format of your writing, the software you're using to write it has a spell checker. USE IT! But buyer beware...spell checkers are not always correct or thorough. My method is to spell check first, then go back over my document and read it out loud to catch any grammatical or other errors.
And don't get Me started On Capitalizing words that Shouldn't be capitalized. I know two people who do this all the time. Capital letters belong on proper names, the first word of sentences, and titles. That's it. Nothing else.
If you're in doubt about anything you write, simply read someone else's work as a guide. Most reading we do contains very few errors. Don't look like a doofus - spell check, proofread, and present yourself as the intelligent professional you are!
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