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Business Communication Fact List

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Business Communication

Week 1 Facts List

Lowin Shakarchy


1. The task of constructing text-based messages, whether written or spoken, is often very demanding.

2. English is a particularly rich language.

3. Getting more of the right words in the right order is not sufficient to transform prose into poetry.

4. Plain English is a term used to describe clear, concise use of the English language gauge that avoids unnecessary jargon or complication.

5. Most senior managers simply do not have the time to read large amounts of written material.

6. The communicator is required to focus attention on the most important points, and to cut back any superfluous language.

7. Applying plain English across a wide range communication channels require practice and commitment.

8. Streamlined results of drafts made from texts are likely to repay the effort or re-doing the text many times over.

9. If a shorter word lacks a subtle meaning that you need to convey, it will be necessary to use a longer alternative.

10. To make a point clearly and concisely, shorter words must be the general rule

11. It is easy for an unnecessary word to slip into a sentence

12. Writers often find it difficult to believe that their text is open to further editing.

13. The best way to develop your editing skills is through practical exercise.

14. There are three main techniques for shortening an existing draft.

15. Writers can move non-essential words to shorten an existing draft.

16. Words like ‘quite’ and ‘fairly’ are meaningless without a reference point.

17. Sentence openers such as ‘of course…’ are pure padding. They can be omitted without affecting the message.

18. Long winded phrases are often a sign of insecurity on the part of the writer or speaker.

19. The third technique is to switch from passive to active voice.

20. Some organizations make extensive use of the passive form.

21. One of the advantages of the passive voice is its ability to suggest objectivity.

22. This can however sound like the author is distancing himself from any decision.


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