In an article for Inc., Christina DesMarais cuts through all the nonsense and delivers seven fast tips to improve your business writing right now. So here they are!
- Limit preposition use when possible. Those are words like “for, of, about,” etc. Her examples include using “the December 1 budget meeting” over “the meeting on December 1 about the budget.”
- Avoid using “very,” as there is probably a better word that could preempt needing to use very at all. Example: “Colossal failure” instead of “very big failure”
- Try to write in the active voice, which means reducing use of “to be” verbs.
- Avoid jargon and needlessly big words.
- Use exclamation points sparingly if you want to maintain your credibility!!!!!
- Limit emails to five or fewer sentences unless there is a great reason to do otherwise. Three sentences is ideal.
- Read your writing out loud, to ensure it flows and to catch mistakes.
You can view the original article here: http://www.inc.com/christina-desmarais/7-tips-for-better-business-writing.html