Identifying Ineffective Writing Styles

Identifying Ineffective Writing Styles

Updated May 11, 2018

Have you ever read an email or document that seems to go on and on? Typically it’s hard to understand, it’s a challenge to find the key points, and frankly you really don’t know what the writer is trying to say. In this situation you most likely stopped reading, put the document down, and may or may not have picked it up again. Unfortunately this ineffective writing style, called the Rambling Rose, is used by over 95% of corporate employees, at all levels of management, from senior executives to new hires. Just imagine what could get done if that number was cut in half! When we start writing without a plan, which can certainly happen, we tend to fall into a stream of consciousness. Unfortunately, this rarely works in our (or the reader’s) favor. When we write this way, we tend to bury our key points, opinions, and conclusions in a flood of words. This makes it difficult for us to make our point and for readers to understand what we mean. Frankly, this isn’t writing, it’s typing. By completing this course, you will know how to identify ineffective writing styles. This course has been approved for 1 hour of PDU credit from PMI (Project Management Institute).