R U comUniKtg w/ evry1 like ths? Can you carry on a conversation about any current events? Do you stay on top of the hot topics related to your field? No matter what your age, gender or area of expertise, communicating correctly and professionally is vital. This skill becomes even more important if you hope to take on more job responsibility, you’re looking for a job or you’re hoping to move up the ladder.

Texting is fine for informal or urgent communications, but don’t rely on it to maintain important relationships. Employers will look at you much more positively if they know you can write grammatically correct emails, correspondence and reports. They’ll be impressed if you can converse with colleagues and potential clients on a wide variety of topics. You’ll earn brownie points (and sighs of relief) if your tweets, blogs and entries on Facebook don’t sound whiney or share confidential information! No questionable pictures either.

However, just like those Scouts, you have to be prepared. Here are a few tips.
• Continuously brush up on your spelling and grammar rules. Remember, Spell Check is not infallible, and it doesn’t tell you if you’ve used the correct spelling in the right place.
o Example : Their house is green. There house is green. They’re house is green.
• Read a newspaper or watch a TV news program at least once a week. Skim the Internet news sites daily.
o Not only does this make you more knowledgeable, but it also can give you great ideas for blogs, media stories, or potential sponsors or partnerships.
• Regularly read and review articles, magazines, and books within your career field. Keep up with the ever changing technology and all the trends in social media.
o Don’t be afraid to casually spread this knowledge around. It doesn’t hurt to be a knowledge guru or the tech expert. In fact, it makes you more valuable to the team.

Learning is a continuous process, so start getting smarter!