As I am now required to write papers, summaries and personal assessments for my MBA classes, I’m realizing my writing style has changed since I last had to do projects like this. My writing style is now my blog writing style. I write as if I was talking to you, only in a more concise, thought-out kinda way. The impact of blogging, email and status updates on my formal writing education is apparent.
Going through this experience has made me reflect on how I write (“written communication”) at work. My job doesn’t require me to abide by any guidelines as an Investor Relations Officer or CFO might. I write tons of emails, occasional internal blog posts, comment on internal posts, etc. I am only judged on the effectiveness of my writing, nothing gramatical. If I swear in an email and the impact is felt ultimately leading to improvement, then it’s been well written.
I am looking forward to seeing how my MBA professors respond to this style. Will a looser, conversational tone be appreciated for easily communicating the point or will I be penalized for not following some set of outdated writing rules. Maybe I’ll throw in a #hashtag for effect to test the boundaries.