This chapter was an excellent overview of the review process required for completing business messages. The timeliness of the chapter really refreshed some points that had long been forgotten. I appreciated the author comment on paragraph length and font style. If a report or proposal does not look professional, than a reader will be less inclined to focus on the body of the work. Again the examples of “do this instead of that” were to the point and worth reading again. A solid chapter that really well help as we finish out the semester and carry the information into our daily lives.
The main point I remember from Chapter 2 was to make sure a meeting is truly necessary before committing any time and expense. I can’t tell how many meetings I have been in where the sole purpose was to plan another meeting. Absolutely infuriating. Like that chapters we have read before it, Chapter 2 provides an excellent review of common business communication etiquette. Another item in the chapter that left me thinking was the brief mention of virtual meetings. I can easily see a future were meetings and collaborations take place only in a virtual environment. As we move into the virtual environment, being able to recognize nonverbal communication will be paramount.
As I was reading Chapter 11 I couldn’t help but think the information being presented was of little use as it was often rehashing topics we had previously covered. While the first two objective were very basic I found the remaining three objectives worthwhile. It may be years before accountants trust a wiki as a useful reference tool, but I can see how the numerous contributors could really help evaluate some of the more difficult accounting subjects. I believe the examples of the formal report and proposal at the end of the chapter were excellent as it provided a nice backup for the text. As I have said before the authors of the book do an great job of using examples to really drive home the topics covered.
I really enjoyed reading and envisioning the many ways I can increase the effectiveness of my business writings. I thought the tables did a great job of showing the various tips, techniques, and ideas discussed. I plan on printing out sections of this chapter and using it as a cheat sheet when I need to create a powerful message. Chapter 4 was a very good chapter and should be read by all.