I belong to the TrumpU forum and post periodically when a topic pushes a hot button. The latest one was about whether spelling and grammar matters on posts. Below is a response from another member of the forum and my answer follows. I was pleased to get encouraging responses thereafter.
RE: Thankyou Mr. Trump for getting these Forums going
…Yesterday @ 11:31 PM EST
I must disagree with you about not wanting an edit / spellcheck feature on this forum. We all make mistakes typing. This is a business forum. In the business world if you send out written or email communications that have typo’s, incorrect capitalization and other grammatical errors, you don’t look professional. Simply put, spelling & punctuation DO count.
I totally have to agree about being professional on a forum of this nature. Whilst spelling errors can and do happen, it doesn’t mean we should just type in any fashion and post – what we say and how we say it helps present an image about us – one that we want to project to others who may be interested in doing business with us at some stage.
I run a team of people like myself – virtual assistants, and one of the first things I tell them when they join my team is that their email (and chat forum posts) are on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If someone wanted to engage us for our services, or outsource work to us, a badly typed email or forum post is going to go against us – because people will measure us by the standard of how we present ourselves in the written word.
This forum is great for those who want to advance their business (or themselves professionally) and it should be treated in the same way as you would communicate with a prospective client or business partner. KMT