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.
"I wish I’d read this book sooner - it would have saved me lots of painful ‘learning through experience’. The Art of Plain Speaking is an invaluable - and succinct - guide for anyone speaking in public or with an important presentation to deliver - or even if you simply want to connect better with people. I found myself underlining sections and scribbling in the margins - and I’m now looking forward to putting it into practice." — Dame Helena Morrissey, Head of Personal Investing, Legal and General Investment Management
"Charlie Corbett admirably demolishes the (entirely avoidable, as he eloquently establishes) treacherous thickets of contemporary gobbledygook to provide a superb manifesto for clear simplicity. The Art of Plain Speaking is a brilliant and measured dismissal of obfuscation and tone-deaf gibberish and we can only hope everyone - plain English fans and jargonistas alike - reads it." — Lee Monks, The Plain English Campaign
"Don’t be fooled by the title, this is much more than a guide to plain speaking. The book provides the carefully distilled wisdom to survive and thrive in the modern workplace." — Harry Wilson, City Editor, The Times
"A communication survival guide written with rare clarity, insight and Corbett’s customary wit." —Jonathan Wright, Global Managing Director at Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal
"Words, words, words. The modern world is awash with words. Everyone can write but not everyone can write what they mean. Charlie’s book elegantly explains how to ensure your words convey meaning rather than obscure it." — Ben Wright, Business Editor at The Telegraph Media Group
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