10 Online Resources To Help You Write Like A Leader

It doesn’t matter what your expertise is; writing skills are necessary for all professionals who aim towards more productive careers. If your spelling and punctuation are poor, or you don’t pay attention to the structure of the reports and emails you write, then you cannot expect for your clients and coworkers to take you seriously.

You want to distinguish yourself as a leader in your organization? Don’t worry; you don’t have to dedicate your life to learning and practicing business writing. Check out the following online resources that will help you work on different aspects of the writing process.

Research Trends

The first thing you should be concerned about is getting the right resources for the content you write.

1. Google Trends

Google Trends is an innovative search engine that enables you to explore hot topics in different categories. This tool will enable you to see how often a particular search term is entered in various languages and in different regions of the world. You can compare the volume of searches between more terms, so you’ll know which keywords are more relevant. If you are publishing content online, then Google Trends is a necessary tool for you.

2. BuzzSumo

With this tool, you can see what content performs best for the type of topic you intend to cover. In addition, you can read relevant articles published by key influencers.

When you enter a keyword in the search engine, you will find online publications that have the most shares on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. The content alerts enable you to stay on top of the topics, brands, and competitors of your interest.

Title Generating Tools

Once you get a general idea for the content you want to write, you will need to think of a catchy title that will seem professional, but attention grabbing at the same time.

3. TweakYourBiz

This is an automated tool that will launch different titles built around the topic you enter. You will get title suggestions in several categories: best, lists, how to, love, questions, secrets, celebrities, motivation, business, and more.

Once you pick an outstanding title, your content will be more likely to get more likes and shares on social media sites.

4. Portent’s Content Idea Generator

This is another tool that can generate cool titles for you. You can enter the subject (make sure to follow the tips for best results) and you’ll get cool suggestions that may be controversial, but will definitely spark a discussion.

This tool can invent its own grammar sometimes, so make sure to think about the suggestions carefully before committing yourself to one of them.

Editing Tools

Even a simple email needs rereading, paraphrasing and consideration before you can send it to an important client. When you are publishing online content, this stage of the process determines the way your readers will perceive it.

6. Hemingway App

There is one important thing to remember if you want to write like a reader: the message needs to be concise. If you use more words than necessary, then you’re diluting the essence of your arguments.

At this website, you can paste your content and get suggestions on how to make it more readable. When you correct the highlighted words and sentences, you will end up with a much cleaner version of your writing.

7. The Readability Test Tool

Believe it or not, readability can be calculated. If you choose the Test by Direct Input option, you will be able to enter your text (HTML is allowed) and get a result with a single click.

You will get a score for the most effective indicators: Flesch Kincaid Reading Ease, Coleman Liau Index, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, Automatic Readability Index, Gunning Fog Score, and SMOG Index. You’ll also get a percentage of complex words.

General Writing Tips for Leaders

There are effective online guides that will help you write as a true leader. These are the most notable ones:

8. Six Writing Tips for Effective Leadership

The first thing you’ll learn from this guide is the fact that writing is important for all professions. It doesn’t matter what type of content you want to write; you need to make it respectable. The simple tips are easy to implement in your daily writing practice. If you follow them all, you’ll note huge improvements in your style.

9. Writing Tips for Becoming a Thought Leader

Thought leadership is a trend that you should seriously consider following. If you want to become a trusted influencer who motivates people with innovative ideas, you’ll need to work on your writing skills. In this guide, you will get tips that will shape your character and thinking patterns.

10. How to Use Storytelling as a Leadership Tool

Storytelling is a well-known tool that leaders use to motivate, inspire, and encourage changes in people’s behavior. This interview with Paul Smith, Director of Consumer & Communications Research at Procter & Gamble, will help you understand the connection between leadership and storytelling.

 

This is a guest post by Julie Petersen. Julie is a tutor and a blogger, who features the latest career and educational trends in her articles. At present time she is working on her first ebook dedicated to online learning. You may see Julie’s latest publications and contact her via Linkedin or Google+ page.

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  • This is an incredibly practical resource. Great guest post Joe. Thanks for sharing this Julie and helping me a better leader. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Julie Petersen

      Paul, thanks for your words! I’m happy you’ve found these tools helpful. Good luck with your writing!

  • Great list, Joe! Looking forward trying the Hemingway app.

    What helps me write better is to adjust someone’s style. You can read some books/blog of the writer you want to write alike.

    • Julie Petersen

      Tony, the Hemingway app is just awesome to make your writing accurate. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the list!

      • Upps sorry, I haven’t noticed that you wrote this post. 🙂

        But I’d like to give you a tip on tool that is my favorite one. And it’s Grammarly. Simply, it’s advanced grammar checker. 🙂

  • Always looking for tools to clean up my message and provide a clearer voice. I had heard of some, will be holding onto this as a resource for the others.

    • Julie Petersen

      Charles, hope that these tool will be helpful for you!

  • Joe, thanks for these tips. I LOVE the Hemingway app – I used it to revise my whole book and it made a major difference. Interested in checking out these other tools also.

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