Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Improve Your Business E-mail and Medical Writing – Part One

Author: Michelle Mudge-Riley, DO, MHA

Effective writing is important because you want to get a positive or results-oriented outcome. Your writing is often the first or only way to connect with and positively influence someone. Writing often allows you to connect with your audience because the reader has time to fully digest and interpret what you want to get across. While conversation is arguably the best way to reach out and get that job or opportunity, writing can often serve as an important first step in actually getting to the conversation or discussion point.

Your challenge is getting your audience to correctly interpret your writing.

I get questions about writing e-mails all the time. These days, depending on your industry, e-mails are often the first or only method of business communication. E-mail is quick and everyone can read and write e-mails after business hours if necessary.

This month, I will write a series of blog entries with easy, practical suggestions on how to improve your e-mail communication.

There are three things you want to try to do with your writing:

• Create value for your reader
• Help the reader understand the importance of taking the next step
• Make the reader want to learn more about the subject or the author (you)

Stay tuned for more in-depth advice and examples of the above in my next blog.

About the author:

Dr. Mudge-Riley is a senior consultant for brokerage firms, health systems and large employers in wellness and health promotion and President of Physicians Helping Physicians in Richmond, Virginia.  She has spent the past seven years advising and coaching other doctors in their career by counseling physicians on business skills, assisting with compliance and risk management issues and mentoring in personal wellness and balance.  She has worked with hundreds of doctors and in various health systems located throughout the United States. To read more about Dr. Mudge-Riley, click here.

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