I am both a stickler for grammar (I proofread my text messages) and a huge fan of humor, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to host the hilarious and well-written wisdom of Curtis Honeycutt, Author of Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life on the blog today.
How good grammar will get you promoted from intern to CEO in (approximately) two weeks
“It is within everyone’s grasp to be a CEO.— Martha Stewart
A 2013 Grammarly study found that there is a direct correlation between good grammar and career success. The researchers studied LinkedIn profiles of 100 native English-speakers working in the packaged goods industry. What did they find? Employees who had fewer grammar errors in their profiles reached higher positions in their companies. Fewer grammar errors led to more promotions. Employees who had between six and nine promotions made 45% fewer grammar errors in their profiles than employees who had only been promoted one to four times.
While this is certainly a small sample size, all signs point to better grammar = more promotions. Do you want to sip scotch in your high-backed leather executive office chair as you look at the big city through a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows? Up your grammar game. Ratchet up your résumé. I could argue that removing grammar mistakes from your résumé or LinkedIn profile is more important than running a lint roller over your suit to get rid of dandruff before you walk into your interview.
Or does better grammar correlate with even more than that in a potential employee or CEO candidate? The type of person who nails her grammar may have just the right amount of ambition, drive, tenacity, and initiative to disrupt the entire importing/exporting industry. Someone who won’t settle for bad grammar also won’t settle for anything less than Six Sigma-style excellence in the workplace.
Good grammar leaves a positive, lasting impression in the workplace; bad grammar sends a message that you’re sloppy, undisciplined, or—worse—not very smart. No one wants to do business with someone whom he perceives as a nincompoop.
As an employee or leader in your business, you’re a brand ambassador. Like it or not, the way you compose yourself and your sentences represents your company. If your emails are laced with misspellings, bad punctuation and the wrong version of your/you’re, you run the risk of losing clients. Whether you like it or not, you are a writer.
If you’re a job seeker, you represent your own brand. Obviously, you want to put your best foot forward; one of the best ways to do that is by improving your written and oral communication skills.
Do you want to nail your interview? Nail your grammar.
My book, Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life, contains an entire section on ways to help you crush it at work. Before you know it, you’ll have an assistant whose only job it is to shine your fancy boss shoes.
—Curtis Honeycutt is a syndicated humor columnist. He is the author of Good Grammar is the Life of the Party: Tips for a Wildly Successful Life. Find more at curtishoneycutt.com.