3 Tips on Professional Writing
We all like to think we’re good writers, but most of us can improve. Growing up we learned the importance of formatting and flow in our writing, but transition words and proper indentation won’t win you any awards. Here are a few tips on optimizing the professionalism of your writing.
- Know Your Audience: Before they put anything on paper, the first thing any good writer does is evaluate their potential audience(s) (i.e. initial, primary, secondary, gatekeeper, watchdog audience). Is your audience knowledgeable on the topic of your report or paper? Are there any cultural or seniority differences to take into account? How will your audience react to this message? It is important to have a good understanding of this in order to write effectively.
- Accommodate your Message: Once your audiences have been identified, the purpose of your message must be decided. Are you writing a persuasive message? A negative message? A positive message? An informative message? The message you are trying to send to your