HBR Guide to Better Business Writing

  • 4h 10s
  • Bryan A. Garner
  • Gildan Media
  • 2022


When you’re fumbling for words and pressed for time, you might be tempted to dismiss good business writing as a luxury. But it’s a skill you must cultivate to succeed: You’ll lose time, money, and influence if your e-mails, proposals, and other important documents fail to win people over

The HBR Guide to Better Business Writing, by writing expert Bryan A. Garner, gives you the tools you need to express your ideas clearly and persuasively so clients, colleagues, stakeholders, and partners will get behind them. This book will help you:

  • Push past writer’s block
  • Grab—and keep—readers’ attention
  • Earn credibility with tough audiences
  • Trim the fat from your writing
  • Strike the right tone
  • Brush up on grammar, punctuation, and usage

About the Author

Bryan A. Garner is a leading authority on writing, grammar, usage, and style. He is the author of many books on writing, including the best-selling reference work Garner’s Modern American Usage. He is also editor in chief of the world’s most frequently cited lawbook, Black's Law Dictionary.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: Why you need to write well
  • Chapter 1 - Know why you’re writing
  • Chapter 2 - Understand your readers
  • Chapter 3 - Divide the writing process into four separate tasks
  • Chapter 4 - Before writing in earnest, jot down your three main points-in complete sentences
  • Chapter 5 - Write in full-rapidly
  • Chapter 6 - Improve what you’ve written
  • Chapter 7 - Use graphics to illustrate and clarify
  • Chapter 8 - Be relentlessly clear
  • Chapter 9 - Learn to summarize-accurately
  • Chapter 10 - Waste no words
  • Chapter 11 - Be plain-spoken: Avoid bizspeak
  • Chapter 12 - Use chronology when giving a factual account
  • Chapter 13 - Be a stickler for continuity
  • Chapter 14 - Learn the basics of correct grammar
  • Chapter 15 - Get feedback on your drafts from colleagues
  • Chapter 16 - Don’t anesthetize your readers
  • Chapter 17 - Watch your tone
  • Chapter 18 - E-mails
  • Chapter 19 - Business Letters
  • Chapter 20 - Memos and Reports
  • Chapter 21 - Performance Appraisals