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Spelling Errors: A Common Problem We Can All Avoid
Oftentimes, as we rush to make deadlines and finish tasks faster, we end up with easily avoidable spelling mistakes in emails, contracts and other communications. While most folks would understand, too many of these errors just make your pieces difficult to read.
Spelling someone’s name, especially when your writing to them, is downright crucial. If your name is John Phelps, for instance, how irritating would it be to receive a business proposal from someone who kept referring to you as John Philips? Would you even take them seriously with such a careless mistake?
Words that don’t refer to names should prove a little less severe when spelt incorrectly in your writing. However, do them enough times and I’ll be mentally filing you among the lot of stupid people I’ve met in my life. That means any business you want to do me will be filtered through that notion. If I am your superior at work and your written communication always featured that many simple mistakes, I doubt I’ll be campaigning for your promotion soon.
Avoiding Spelling Errors
The good news is that spelling errors are can easily be done without. You don’t even need the best English grammar software for that, although those writing checkers do come with a spellcheck in tow for a complete review of any documents you pass through them.
For general spelling, simply run your writing through even the most basic spellcheck software which usually comes bundled with most commerical writing apps. For proper nouns, I suggest you take the time to comb through your use of them on your document. The last thing you want to do is misspell the name of the company you’re writing a cover letter to or the surname of the client you’re trying to snag some business from. Putting in the effort now will save you the embarrassment later.