These days, doesn’t it seem like we’re all getting lazy with our writing? Perhaps we can blame technology. Whatever the reason, poor writing skills can really call your professionalism into question. Errors in grammar, punctuation and spelling are just the tip of the iceberg. Being overly wordy, repetitive and vague can also create the impression that you lack confidence and competence, and that can spell career disaster for any professional.

Play the critical role of a proofreader before sending out written communication. Without well-honed skills, you might miss some egregious error—or worse, insert an error of your own!

These mistakes can be embarrassing, costly and damaging to credibility, for you.

If you’ve ever worried what others are seeing in your writing,start now to explore possibilities of being a better writing professional.