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Use Fewer Words

October 7th, 2011

Paul Merrill

One of the best ways to make your business communication work better is to use fewer words.

This is not always as easy as it sounds. You may have to take twice as long editing your content as you did writing the original material.¬†First, simply take out words that aren’t needed. Second, look at each phrase and ask yourself if there’s a simpler way to say the same thing.

Why should use you fewer words?

  • You will honor the valuable time of your audience.
  • There’s a chance they will actually read your whole message.
  • Many people are now used to communicating in 140 characters. You’ll be speaking in the language of today. A similar principle is that we no longer speak in King James English. Language constantly changes.

So give it a try. I just did.

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