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Strengthen your writing

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Follow these rules to write strong, clear memos:

1. Purge adverbs. Example: In “He shouted loudly” and “The test failed completely,” the words “loudly” and “completely” add nothing. Cut them.

2. State the point fast. Avoid opening with background information. Burying your core message mid-page forces readers to search for it—or give up.

3. Think quality, not quantity, when supporting your points. Don’t feel you must list 10 reasons why your proposal works. Instead, pick the top three and put the weakest one in the middle.

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