Concise Business Writing

Long paragraphs annoy readers, especially busy bosses. Readers have a tendency to skim, scan and even skip writing that looks too long. Cut your paragraphs by sticking to the 1-2-3-4-5 rule:

  • 1 main thought,
  • Expressed in 2 or 3 short sentences,
  • Taking up no more than 4 to 5 lines on the page.

I learned this great tip from Ann Wylie, my favorite writing coach. Take a look at the last report or memo you wrote. Are your paragraphs too long? 

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