Over the past two weeks, I’ve discussed how to get started quickly and easily with your business writing. This week in Part 3, my focus is on The First Paragraph.
- The first paragraph of your writing is critical. The first paragraph could be the entire message, or it could prepare the reader for a longer message.
- The purpose of the first paragraph is to make your point quickly, establish your professionalism, reinforce your credibility, and provides your best chance at the reader’s 100% attention level.
- The first (“lead”) paragraph will have 3-5 lines, or about 1-3 sentences, and should tell the reader who, what (action), when, where, why, and how. These elements can be in any order.
I hope that you’ve found this article to be helpful! If you have, please feel free to leave a comment. Next week, I’ll be discussing Part 4, how to go about writing the first paragraph.
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