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In this article we'll show you how to become formal when writing a business document and when wearing for a business meeting.

1. Formal writing style

Business writing - how do you do it without it getting too cold or impersonal? Branding or writing from your business philosophy or heart is important to us if you want to convey the message clearly and beautifully packaged. And what do you write, how often do you write and who does it eventually reach? There are many ways to communicate clearly and consistently in business - but you've to know how. Below a number of tips from the professionals: 5 tips for a business writing style

Business writing is fun - that comes first. Sometimes I write a catchy interview with an executive for staff magazine, the other times a whitepaper for a large accountancy firm, a business blog for a law firm, a catchy mailing for a service provider or an employment law report on a site. How do you hold the attention of a reader (potential customer / interested party) and how do you create a community? The secret is that you consistently write according to a number of (basic) rules that you've laid down for yourself so that you can add a personal note within the framework.

Getting started -> substantive business writing

  • stages of the writing process
  • structure of the text
  • interesting introduction
  • the theme of your text
  • common text structures
  • layout options
  • the structure of your text
  • objective and subjective use of language
  • external structure
  • formulate clearly, concisely and correctly
  • writing advice aimed at target and target group
  • an example or business case
  • conclusion

Commercial business = to the point

You have a blog, you've your website - and now you want to provide it with easy-to-find information. How do you reach your target group, how do you set the tone of voice? How do you coordinate all channels and write a newsletter to your current customer base?

A good business letter or email, a cover letter for a product, a newsletter, press release or other business communications - there must be a line. We will determine the message and shape the expressions and structure the correspondence. For years I have worked as a communication consultant for (medium) large companies and based on those tips I have drawn up a number of good points for good, transparent communication that stands.

5 tips for a business writing style

  • Design the structure before starting the writing process. Write in the present tense as much as possible.
  • Do not or hardly use the I-form. It's not about you, it's about the result.
  • Provide a clear structure. For that you've chapters, paragraphs, paragraphs and sentences at your disposal.
  • In the paragraph, put the most important information at the beginning. Use structure indicators to ensure coherence within paragraphs and sentences. Link paragraphs.
  • Be sparse with the auxiliary verbs become, will, can, may and must.

2. Wearing styles

When wearing a suit it's difficult to differentiate between formal and semi-formal due to so many options and styles that current fashion offers us. It's very easy to make mistakes so we will explain what to do with each of these labels.

Formal Wearing style The formal style is conservative, basic and contemporary . The tuxedo is essential and on very formal occasions you should wear a morning coat (a suit that tapers backwards from the waist to form two skirts), a white shirt and a bow tie or bow tie. For less formal occasions you can use a jacket without a tail, change the bow for a black tie, and use a girdle or vest.

Semi formal style

This style allows you to express your personality, supports variety and is more relaxed . For evening events you should wear dark suits and a tie. During the day you can use suits of fabrics and light colors with a cocktail style that is to wear a jacket or blazer, you have the option of wearing the full suit or some pants with a blazer while keeping the formal shirt and tie. Shoes and accessories must be discreet.

What to do with the formal style?

1. Adjustment

Make sure the fit of your suit is adequate , that the pants aren't too long, and the jacket isn't too big or tight. Formal clothing must be tailored for you. Remember, tailors are your best allies when it comes to formal dress.

2. This is no time to experiment

Avoid wearing things that are flashy or out of concept, the formal style respects the established lines. This isn't the time to wear non-white shirts, patterned ties, or sneakers.

3. Take care of your appearance

Don't neglect your image. Enough of experiments, choose a conservative hairstyle according to the situation. Take care of your beard, take a shower and use lotion.

4. Shoes

The Oxford model is the most classic and formal of all due to its elegance and correctness. On occasions when it's necessary to wear a jacket, the lace shoe is a basic.

What to do with the semi formal style?

1. Find the right suit

A tuxedo, bow tie, vest or girdle is too much and a very light pastel-colored suit like the summer seersucker is too little. A dark wool suit, gabardine or cashmere fabric are ideal. If the event is during the day you can use something lighter with light colors.

2. Forget about the tie

If you want to use it you can do it but this style is freer and allows you to leave it. If you decide to use it, it's recommended that they be smooth.

3. You can use prints

Although the white shirt never ceases to be your best ally, you can use patterned shirts, just make sure they are suitable to combine with your clothing.

4. Shoes

The best thing to do is to wear loafers, leather or lace-up shoes. And don't forget that if your shoes are dark your socks should be too.

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