HBR Guide to Better Business Writing is one of the many books in the series of the Harvard Business Review Guides. In today's world, writing plays a very important factor in deciding what we can get done-from simple emails to major business negotiations. If one fails to influence people with their words, emails, notes, proposals, presentations, then one might be at the risk of losing out on something great. Writing is a skill that one must cultivate in order to climb up the social ladder. It gives a person the edge over other people and helps in expressing ones thoughts and ideas in a very persuasive manner be it either to the clients, students, colleagues, stakeholder, partners, relatives, etc. The secret to better business writing is explained in a manner that is unforgettable by Bryan A. Garner. The book helps in going past the writer's block, grabbing and keeping the readers' attention, sound credible with the words that you use, putting forward only what is necessary, and most important of them all grammar, punctuation and its usage.
The book is divided into four sections. The first one is 'Delivering the Goods Quickly and Clearly', the second one is 'Developing your skills', the third one is, 'Avoiding the quirks that turn readers off', and lastly, 'Common form of business writing'. Apart from this there are also extra notes that contain valuable tips and reminders. Some of the most interesting parts of the book are, 'Know why you're writing', 'Divide the writing process into four separate tasks', 'be relentlessly clear', 'Don't anesthetize your reader', 'Performance appraisals', Punctuation rules you absolutely need to know', and 'A primer of good usage'.
Bryan A. Garner is a famous author who generally writes on writing, grammar, usage and style. He is the editor in chief of the world's most frequently cited law book i.e. Black's Law Dictionary. He is also the author of the best selling reference book, the 'Garner's Modern American Usage'.
The paperback edition of this book, having the ISBN-10 number 142218403X and ISBN-13 number 978-1422184035, can be purchased online.