1. What am I trying to say?
2. Have I said it?
3. Is it clear to someone reading it for the first time?Following that simple test, I’ve found that my writing improves in direct ratio to the number of things I keep out that shouldn’t be there.I’ve added one more question to the test:
4. Why should the reader care; what’s in it for them?This last question is to nudge the reader’s curiosity along to continue reading. The author of On Writing Well, William Zinsser, says #4 is to cajole with freshness, or novelty, or paradox, or humor, or purpose -- with an unusual idea, an interesting fact, or a question -- something to make the reader smile and linger on what you wrote.So this blog is a reminder to try and write even the most mundane message in a clear and direct way without being pompous or pretentiousness. That’s where your humanity and warmth will cause people to always want to read what you wrote and be more likely to positively respond.- DebraP.S. If you have comments or questions, please feel free to contact me.Photo by Mark Hunter
-Will this position broaden my experience, expose me to new areas, and teach me things I’ll need in the future?
-Is the management philosophy in sync with my own?
-Is it a stable management time for the company?
-Would I want to work here for the rest of my life – or even five years?
-What happened to my predecessor?