Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Incorporate easy-to-read design features, part of Writing in Plain English.
- I've evaluated my words,…the sentence structure,…the voice,…now my reader understands my message.…It's in Plain English, right?…Maybe, but maybe not.…How inviting, how easy does it look to read?…I feel safe in predicting that most of us, given a choice,…would read the second version of these two examples.…Why?…Because it looks and is easier to read.…Here's the paragraph that we examined…in the read-a-loud lesson.…
Let's continue analyzing how it can be improved.…Here's Version Two.…Are you interested in additional money and volunteers…to support for Cars for Hope car share program?…Your goals for Cars for Hope are worthwhile,…and we hope to partner with you to expand the program.…Answers to the following questions will help us determine…how to provide the strongest support for Cars for Hope.…One.…What aspects of your program need the most funding?…Two.…How much funding would be necessary…to totally fund those programs?…Three.…
What volunteer opportunities will be available this summer?…Four.…What specific responsibilities would the volunteers have?…
If you can write in plain English, you can save time, save money, and save face in communications. Start watching to learn how to make your writing more "plain": stronger, clearer, and more concise.
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- Understanding plain English
- Catching mistakes by reading aloud
- Simplifying sentences
- Using strong verbs and meaningful words
- Avoiding corporate jargon
- Finding the right voice and tone
- Editing flow and content
- Writing in a conversational style