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Grammar Discrimination??

June 18, 2014

Just because no one corrects our grammatical errors does not mean that our errors go unnoticed.  I read an article and some blog posts that illustrate how grammar can affect your personal and professional life without you even knowing it.  


Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit and Dozuki, wrote an article that stated that he requires everyone who applies for work at one of his companies to take a grammar test as part of the employment application process.  If an applicant fails the grammar test, they are not hired.  Mr. Wiens refers to himself as "a grammar stickler” and he admits that he has "a zero tolerance approach' to grammar mistakes that make people look stupid."  Mr. Wiens explained that good grammar increases the perception of credibility, especially on the Internet. He emphasized that "in blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence."  He added that "people who make fewer mistakes on a grammar test also make fewer mistakes when they are doing something completely unrelated to writing — like stocking shelves or labeling parts."  


What may surprise you is that your grammar may also have a positive or negative impact on your love life.  Several people commented on a dating site, that they will not continue to engage in a discussion with a prospective online suitor if they feel that the person's grammar or spelling is lacking.  The majority of the people who commented indicated that poor grammar and spelling gave them the impression that the person was not very intelligent and/or was too lazy to put forth the effort to make a good impression.


If you do not want your grammar to be a barrier to your professional success and personal satisfaction, Griffin Speech Consulting can help you to steer clear of the most common (yet embarrassing) grammatical missteps.  We use practical speaking exercises geared toward your profession and your goals (not that boring textbook grammar you learned in school) so that you can speak and write accurately and authentically.    



By: Cassandra Griffin, Personal and Professional Development Coach for Griffin Speech Consulting

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