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Word Perfect

May 31, 2000
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/28906

The information Age has made effective written communication more critical than ever. In addition to the traditional formal business letter sent via standard mail, there is a growing variety of electronic options for transmitting written messages. Whatever method you use to send your message, the results of your correspondence will depend a great deal on how well you communicate your intent.

Rosalie Maggio, author of How to Say It: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences & Paragraphs for Every Situation (Prentice Hall), offers these tips for strong letter-writing:

"People are busy, and they get impatient if they have to wade through a lot of extra words." Edit out extraneous material that is not directly related to the purpose of the letter