Contributed by Taylor Burkhalter
Hello. If you came here for an article about selling, let me introduce you to my first point about the importance of proper spelling. I am tempted to end the blog here, as my point has been made; however, I enjoy telling stories from my childhood, so…
I was the spelling bee champion of the year in 8th grade – a victory I will continue to flaunt until I am dead. (The fact that only 12 people were in my class is irrelevant.) The school gave me a plaque with my name on it, which still, to this day, hangs proudly in a box in my parent’s attic (Next to the box of participation trophies).
I won another spelling bee competition in college – this time against FIVE people.
I have never felt more proud. You should have seen the look on their faces when I correctly spelled the word “subpoena”.
I tell you all of this because I think spelling is important. And it is (The plaque in my parent’s attic says so). One letter can be the difference between a new client and no new client. A job and no job. Shall we reflect on the time I thanked a potential employer for their “massage”?
In my experience, people tend to overlook the importance of proper spelling in the professional world. For example, let’s take a look at LinkedIn. (If you’re not familiar with the platform, LinkedIn is a hybrid dating / political opinion site for the occasional networker.) Here is a message I received this past month:
Wow. Thank you, Clint, for the lucrative preposition.
This message had 28 words – Two of them were spelled incorrectly (not to mention a couple other grammatical errors). Because of that, I probably will ignore it – Plus, at this point, I’m half convinced that Clint is a dark-web robot trying to sell me some counterfeit bitcoin.
He may be a great guy with a life changing “proposition” for me, but I will never know because Clint is totally reckless with his spellcheck. Get it together, Clint!
Now, my spelling is not perfect. I am sure I made a mistake in this article (I hope I did. I love irony.) I simply wanted to remind all of you to be cognizant of your spelling. Just give it a little proofread, y’know? You’re not the best “shirt company” if you forget an “r”.
~ This concludes Taylor’s PSA about spelling ~
WAIT! I leave you with one final question: If you had to spell out your favorite preposition, what would it B and Y?