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The Art of Plain Speaking
How to Write and Speak in a Way that Will Impress the People that Matter

ISBN 9780367787608
Published March 31, 2021 by Routledge
116 Pages

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Book Description

This is a guide for anyone who wants to connect better with people in the workplace by speaking clearly and with purpose.

It is a result of five years at Charlie Corbett’s consultancy, Bullfinch Media, where he helped convince executives that speaking plainly, thoughtfully, and behaving with humanity, is the best way to win business, boost morale and advance careers. It provides carefully detailed wisdom on how to write well, speak publicly and stand out in your job, as well as how to craft compelling communications, make the best of social media and handle the press.

The Art of Plain Speaking aims to improve the experience faced by many in the modern workplace, a world where senior management are entirely absent from the shop floor – replaced by indecipherable emails from HR – and where people speak in esoteric corporate riddles, believing that sounding clever is more productive than speaking clearly.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: How to come up with good ideas   Chapter 2: How to write well    Chapter 3: How to write a headline   Chapter 4: How to keep the grammar police at bay   Chapter 5: How to create compelling corporate communications  Chapter 6: How to stand out in your job   Chapter 7: How to speak well publicly  Chapter 8: How to make the best of social media  Chapter 9: How to make the press work for you    Chapter 10: Words to avoid if you want to speak or write with clarity


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Charlie Corbett worked for 12 years as a journalist and editor for some of the biggest brands in international media, including the Financial Times Group and The Wall Street Journal, before founding his own communications consultancy, Bullfinch Media.