Don’t drop the subject…

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…from your writing.

Yes, I know, it can be done and functionally, your sentences still make sense, but you’d be surprised how often I’ve heard people in senior leadership positions comment that poor speaking and writing impacts the advancement potential of an employee.

“I can’t promote that person until their writing improves” and “I’d like to give that person more of a leadership role, but they can’t even write or speak clearly” are two actual justifications I’ve heard for not promoting some very deserving employees. Oftentimes, during these types of conversations, they point to examples where the sentences are missing subjects.

  • “Would like your feedback on this” should be “I would like your feedback on this” or “Would you please provide feedback on this?”
  • “Looking for assistance” should be “I would like some assistance with this” or “Would you be willing to provide assistance with this?”
  • “Want more information” should be “I want more information” or “I would like more information” or “Would you be willing provide more information?”

So take the extra time and keystrokes and put the subject into your sentences. You may find that it opens more doors to you now and in the future.

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