Concise Communications Succeed

In the last chapter you learned how to use two tools to revise your first drafts. By adding specificity with numbers, facts, statistics, and examples, you increased your communications' credibility and your readers' comprehension. By using the FURY principle, you selected the most appropriate words and phrases for your communications when you determined whether your choices were Familiar or Unique, if they would add Richness, or if they were Your favorites.

In this chapter we discuss four surefire tactics to improve your writing and learn easy-to-remember techniques to implement them. Discovering how to recognize that your communications will be improved by these four tactics will help you avoid extra revision; understanding how to correct flaws when they occur will help you polish your communications quickly and easily.

The four tactics help ensure that your writing is:

1. concise

2. clear

3. positive

4. parallel

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