, who specialises in the field of human resources development with particular emphasis on various aspects of communication, is in Muscat on a few days visit.Callis
, who has written a number of books on business writing, delivered a talk on good business writing at the British Council
yesterday.A profound propagator of the English language, Callis says that English is the international language of today and asserts that e-mails and mobile text messages, which do not follow any form and pattern, are beyond his comprehension.
"And such forms of communication certainly have no place in business writing and they do not appeal to us," Callis
has worked with many organisations in both the public and private sectors, and presented seminars on both communication and finance topics in many places across the world.According to Callis, a writer gets only one chance to get his ideas across to the reader and therefore he should use clear and precise language and write with clarity and brevity.
"A writer should use short and simple words.Using long and pompous words will confuse the reader and he
will not understand what the writer wants to convey," Callis
said while talking about good writing skills.
Long winding sentences are also not advisable, says Callis
while adding that a writer should know who he
is writing for, what is he
writing, and why is it being written.
Talking about business writing, Callis
said that a writer should take great care as it involves money, contracts, terms and conditions and therefore it should be clear, precise, and polite otherwise it may become muddled and the contract may be lost.Callis
has written many books, which he
calls as reports and observed cynically that many top executives of these organisations, which commissioned him to write these â€˜books' hardly read them.
said that most of his
books had information that had been distilled from over 20 years of teaching experience gathered from many countries where he
travelled.Buckingham Tutors Publishing was founded in 1986 by Callis, after a long career concentrated on HRD/ management training.