Why you need a style guide

It may sound like a detail, but agreeing on a style guide for your project – or your whole company – will save countless arguments.

Usually, no one can agree on exactly how particular things should be written. Does this word have a capital letter? Do you need to spell out abbreviations? And don’t get me started on Oxford commas.

The style guide acts as a referee to make those decisions for you, and to ensure all your written materials follow best practice – as well as making sure you avoid glaring, amateurish mistakes.

Two UK-based ones that I recommend are The Economist and The Guardian – both are free and easy to use online.

You may well want to customise one of these by adding your own jargon or personal preferences – but if you just stick to the standard version, you’ll be fine.

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