Writing on the Job: Best Practices for Communicating in the Digital Age

  • 1h 52m
  • Martha B. Coven
  • Princeton University Press
  • 2022

Writing is an essential skill in today’s workplace. From messaging platforms and social media to traditional forms of communication like memos and reports, we rely on words more than ever. Given how much reading we do on mobile devices, being able to write succinctly is critical to success. Writing on the Job is an incisive guide to clear and effective writing for professionals.

Martha Coven begins with the basics, explaining how to develop a professional style, get started on a piece of writing, create a first draft, and edit it into a strong final product. She then offers practical advice on more than a dozen forms of writing, from emails and slide decks to proposals and cover letters. Along the way, Coven provides a wealth of concrete examples and simple templates that make the concepts easy to understand and apply.

Based on Coven’s popular writing classes and workshops at Princeton University as well as her decades of experience in the public and private sectors, Writing on the Job addresses the real challenges professionals face in today’s digital age, and shares essential practices that can improve the performance of any organization.

About the Author

Martha B. Coven is the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. Visiting Professor at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the founder of Coven Consulting. She has been writing on the job for more than twenty-five years, in the White House and for members of Congress as well as in the private sector.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • Developing a Professional Style
  • Getting Started
  • Writing a First Draft
  • Editing
  • Correspondence
  • Memos
  • Proposals, Plans, and Reports
  • Critical Feedback
  • Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Writing about Numbers
  • Data Visualizations
  • Slide Decks
  • Instructions and Forms
  • Writing for Media
  • Commentary
  • Public Speaking
  • Conclusion
  • Notes


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