Tyops affect your image more than you may realize. (See that?)
When I am reading a published article meant to educate and I see a misspelled or misused word, it makes me think the author is not suited to write on the given topic. How am I supposed to learn from someone who can’t even spell a word correctly?
In my humble beginnings of written communication, I never once looked over my work. Then I started a new job and was told my emails had errors, sometimes multiple. What? I use spell check so how could there be errors? I am here to tell you there are things spell check won’t catch.
Examples of spell check misses/misused words:
- A Dress vs Address
- Affect vs Effect
- Definitely vs Defiantly
- Dessert vs Desert
- Loose vs Lose
- Stalking vs Talking
I once hit “reply all” to a group of directors at a well-known retail establishment with my thoughts on why I liked a brand and why I thought we should carry more of their pieces. I wrote that I “defiantly” liked them. The general manager came by to tell me later about my word choice. I have many more examples, so if you need more entertainment, feel free to contact me for some cringeworthy stories.
Below are some tips I have found helpful when writing any form of communication.
- Read your composition backwards. This forces your brain to focus on each individual word and you are more likely to catch errors.
- Have someone else read your work.
- Take a break.
- Use a hard copy.
- Customize your spellchecker.
Take the extra time to carefully read over your material. Show your best work.