We receive many emails every day. We are bombarded with adverts, proposals, requests and reports. Why do we respond to some and ignore others?
As I have said before, I ignore messages that are full of meaningless rambling words and phrases. I also cannot take anyone seriously if their writing is littered with errors in spelling and grammar. I respond to those that are courteous, catch my attention, and ask me a simple question.
Simplicity is the magical ingredient in communicating. Have a look at these examples. How many of these mistakes do you make every day?
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If you want a response to your written communications, you need to learn how to structure your writing. It should be clear, easily understood, and concise.
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© Amanda Patterson
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