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7 Quick Tips for Better Business Writing

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!

  1. 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.”
  2. 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”
  3. Try to write in the active voice, which means reducing use of “to be” verbs.
  4. Avoid jargon and needlessly big words.
  5. Use exclamation points sparingly if you want to maintain your credibility!!!!!
  6. Limit emails to five or fewer sentences unless there is a great reason to do otherwise. Three sentences is ideal.
  7. 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

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