Communicating Effectively

I'm always searching for ways to communicate more effectively, especially in the written form, so I asked 4CMR's communications officer. Here are her five tips:
  • Each sentence should have less than fifteen words!
  • Each paragraph should have only one idea - smaller is better!
  • Use the Active not the Passive!
  • Who? why? what? when? & how?
  • Cut out any word that is not necessary!


the pensive prognosticator said...

Here's a higher authority still!

'In "Politics and the English Language," George Orwell provides six rules for writers:

Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

Never use a long word where a short one will do.

If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

Never use the passive voice where you can use the active.

Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word, or a jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

Break any of these rules sooner than say anything outright barbarous.'