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How to be more concise

There’s a saying in business — “brevity is the soul of wit.” Here are some tips to be more concise in your work and writing.

1. Focus on sentence structure

A great way to improve your writing is to use a clear and concise sentence structure.

Here’s an example:

Samantha bought a new car.

A simple, easy-to-understand sentence that gets right to the point and doesn’t use unnecessary words.

2. Concrete words and numbers are impactful

Another way to improve your writing is to use concrete words and numbers.

Here’s an example:

The car has four wheels and tinted windows.

It seems elementary, but concrete words and numbers leave little doubt about your message.

3. Use active language

Another way to improve your writing is to use active and concrete language.

Here’s an example:

Samantha went to the car dealership yesterday.

It’s easy to imagine what happened and uses simple, active language.

4. Smaller words and sentences convey big ideas

The beauty of a great idea is that it can be summed up in a few short words.

Here’s an example:

Samantha bought electric — she cares about the environment.

“If I am to speak for ten minutes, I need a week for preparation; if fifteen minutes, three days; if half an hour, two days; if an hour, I am ready now.” — Woodrow Wilson, U.S. President

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