It is impossible to avoid professional communication. Technology has made the ability to communicate instantly a part of daily professional activities. This instant access means that good communication skills are even more important than ever. The ability to communicate effectively with coworkers and customers is at a premium whether the context is official or personal.
Professional communication is meaningless if not done effectively. The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing says that to be effective, writing must be accurate, clear, concise, coherent, and appropriate (Perelman, Paradis, & Barrett, 2001, § 1.1). Although the authors were writing specifically for the technical and scientific communities, these traits are also common to any other professional communication. Lesikar, Flatley, and Rentz (2008) confirm this in their description of what it takes to write clear sentences and paragraphs. They say that sentences should be designed to be short, limited, and economical (p. 48-55).
Businesses recognize that communication is an essential part of the success of their operation. Many studies have shown that although communication skills are highly coveted by most employers, those skills are often not available in the pool of potential candidates (Lesikar et al., 2008, p. 3-4). Communication skills are so highly coveted that Southeastern Louisiana University (2008) recommends all job applicants include writing examples as part of their portfolio of job skills.
It is imperative that everyone take the opportunity to learn and practice effective communication skills. No matter the context, effective communication can enhance anyone’s chances for success.
Lesikar, R., Flatley, M., & Rentz, K. (2008). Business communication: Making connections in a digital world [Electrionic Version]. New York: McGraw-Hill/Irwin.
Perelman, L., Paradis, J. & Barrett E. (2001). The Mayfield handbook of technical & scientific writing [Electronic Version]. Mountain View: Mayfield.
Southeastern Louisiana University. (2008). Top 10 Reasons to Hire Me! Retrieved May 25, 2008, from http://www.selu.edu/admin/career_srv/stu_alum/career_counseling/interview_assist/top_10/index.html.