By November 9, 2013 Read More →

Correcting Spelling & Grammar

If you receive something in writing from your staff and it has grammar or spelling errors in it, of course you should point it out.

But first, comment on the substance of the writing and give them feedback or reinforcement about it. After all, it’s the thoughts, ideas, logic, message and arguments that are most important about their writing.

Developing your staff’s capabilities and confidence about those issues will be more valuable in the long run than berating them over their writing skills.

Only then should you comment on spelling or grammar issues. Give suggestions or corrections as appropriate. And if it’s important material, suggest they get someone else to proofread it the next time before sending it on to you, or even give them support so they can do the thinking and someone else can do the writing.

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