Apr 20th, 2007
As anyone who knows me will attest, I’m a big believer in the value of training. I workout with weights, go running, cycling or play soccer almost every day. It makes a huge difference in my outlook on life. And as I increase my training levels, my fitness and ability to perform increases as well.
In my professional life, I spend time every day writing up blog posts, press releases and other documents. This activity keeps my writing skills fit. When I’ve had jobs where my writing volume decreased, I noticed a definite drop off in my speed and proficiency. Since I’m getting paid for writing, I have to do a good job and I get plenty of feedback on what worked and what didn’t.
In business today, good writing ability is more important than ever. With writing there’s natural ability involved. But I believe it’s also something that gets better with practice. If you don’t write for a living, firing off email all day isn’t going to keep you fit. Then when it comes time to write something, you’re going to be rusty. To shed the rust or boost your proficiency, consider starting a blog. It’s very easy at one of the online services like Blogger or WordPress.com.
If that’s not your bag, I recently came across a service called, appropriately enough, Communication Fitness. They offer computer-based training for $12 per month as well as group sessions. The approach is like having a fitness trainer who will assess your current level and then steadily move your skills forward. It’s proven and it works. Get fit!