Four Terrific Tactics for Improving Comprehension, Part 3

This series of posts will describe four terrific tactics that you can use to improve comprehension.

The four tactics are:

  1. 1. Make “who did what” clear.
  2. 2. Edit for clarity.
  3. 3. Eschew obfuscation!
  4. 4. Use specific words.

This week, I will talk about Tactic #3.

  1. Eschew obfuscation!

Big words, uncomfortable words, or formal words may be used to create an effect, or to serve a specific purpose. But if your purpose is to write for clarity, then simple, comfortable words are for you.

Substitute an ordinary word or phrase for each of the following:

Example: Utilize: use
“Use” is a simple, comfortable word that avoids confusion.

a. Expedient:

b. Regarding:

c. Facilitate:

Feel free to post your answers in the comments section. This week, use simple, comfortable words in your writing!

Gail Tycer is a strategic business communication authority: professional speaker; writer, author, editor; coach, consultant, facilitator, and strategist. More free business writing tips from Gail Tycer are available here, and information about Gail’s Business Writing workshops is available here.

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