It is as important for our team to improve our skills writing for humans as it is writing code for computers, says our CTO Jon Jensen. He's right. Thankfully he had a good list of tips for us to make our human writing as effective as our code.
Here are a few great gems:
- Don't be afraid of bullet-points ;-)
- Keep it short
- Understand your audience
Jon's recommendations led to some End Pointers to share writing tips of their own:
- Use the final thought of your first draft in the beginning of the final message
- Writing out a lot, and cutting down 90% of it
- When it comes to emails: Lay out clear actionable steps you want a person to take in the beginning or in the last sentence of an email, not buried in a thick paragraph.
- For important, longer documents, do editing the day after
- Always re-read anything before you send it
- Reading what you've written out loud is great way to catch mistakes
- Have the wisdom to know when not to reply or send something
- Don't be afraid of using the phone if your thoughts aren't concise enough for an email