Re read what you wrote, edit, next day, read it again before pressing send

Consultants Mind

Frankly, many people are bad writers.  They come in all shapes and sizes.  Most of it takes years and years of reading and writing to correct.

  • If you don’t know the elements of composition, or just misuse grammar, it will be a tough road to writing for you
  • If you don’t read, you don’t have pattern-recognition of what clear writing looks like
  • If you don’t write a lot, it’s just a difficult exercise
  • If your readers (customers, suppliers, boss) are not discerning, you will gravitate to the lowest writing common denominator.  Remember my ex-CPA who attached an invoice without even writing hello?

However, there are four poor writing habits (which many consultants have) which can be corrected with some conscious (new years resolution-type) effort.

Don’t use jargon.  Don’t do this more than necessary.  It is not clever, or sophisticated. Everyone knows what these pseudo-intellectual words mean and it’s trite.

Don’t ramble. Edit yourself.  After you have written the 500…

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