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revising email

Thursday,  04/16/09  09:56 PM

New Yorker: the elements of styleGood advice from David Silverman: How to revise an email so people will read it:

  1. Delete redundancies.
  2. Use numbers and specifics, not adverbs and adjectives.
  3. Add missing context.
  4. Focus on the strongest argument.
  5. Delete off-topic material.
  6. Seek out equivocation and remove it.
  7. Kill your favorites.
  8. Delete anything written in the heat of emotion.
  9. Shorten.
  10. Give it a day.

The longer I am in business, the more I've become convinced that good communication is a crucial business skill.

This is one reason among many why I like blogging; it is good communication practice!

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