The #1 way to fast-track your English writing skills (painlessly)
Whenever we’re learning a skill it can feel we’re going one step forward and two steps back. The learning process is full of pitfalls and frustrations. Especially if learning on your own.
That’s where feedback comes in.
Feedback helps speed up the learning process. Plus it helps avoid the negative feeling of going backwards in your learning.
But not all feedback is the same.
Want to learn what feedback is most useful to improve your skills fast?
Let’s side step for a minute.
Imagine you love jewellery
You adore colourful beads, exotic stones, elegant designs.
And now you want to try your hand at making your own earrings, necklace or bracelet.
You could pick up a book from the library, watch some YouTube videos or get together with a friend who wants to make jewellery too.
You could also join an evening class or do a Saturday workshop with a master jeweller.
In each case you’ll discover some brilliant ideas, cool tips and nifty tricks.
You can improve how you write in English for your business the same way.
So let’s take a look at 3 different sources of feedback.
Feedback option 1: Self-evaluation
After working hard, you’ve finally made your first pair of dangly earrings. You feel proud of your achievement, relieved that they’re finally staying together and perhaps a little unsure of how attractive they really look. And do they honestly suit you?
Being so close to the finished earrings, you’re influenced by the time and effort you’ve put into making them as well as your likes and dislikes about jewellery.
It’s similar for your Business English writing.
Having spent hours and hours on your blog post, you’re happy to have finally hit publish. But you may still not be sure if that’s the right tense and if that’s the best way of saying what you want to say.
You could get some feedback from fresh eyes.
Feedback option 2: Non-experts
When your wear your sparkly necklace for the first time, you’re eager to hear what others will say.
The compliment from a stranger in a shop gives you a buzz and your friend’s enthusiasm for your necklace makes you glow.
Here are some fresh eyes and they seem to like what you’ve made.
But perhaps your supportive friend only said that to make you feel good? And can he give you any advice about how to make your next necklace even better?
Of course it’s great to get positive comments from your readers and other non-native speaker writers. To know that they appreciate your efforts. Yet they have no special knowledge and you’re still not getting any insights into how you can improve.
How about asking an expert?
Feedback option 3: Experts
A master jeweller can quickly hone in on what’s working and what’s not. Most importantly, she can explain why the clasp on your bracelet keeps falling off and the trick to remedying it.
Focused feedback from an experienced writing coach can also help you rapidly improve your English writing. With guidance and advice, you’ll build up know-how and learn tips and shortcuts to painlessly write in English.
Feedback from various sources is worthwhile
But the speediest way to mastery is working with a writing coach. To get valid, expert feedback. To focus on your English writing weaknesses. And to learn the rules (and when to break them).
So don’t muddle along on your own.
Propel your progress by getting feedback from an expert.
Want to improve your writing in English faster? And make it free of unnatural expressions? Email me to find out how I can help you.
© Christina Wielgolawski