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Plain business writing course (entry 10): Five tips for improving your writing right now

Rule 10: Work on your knowledge of grammar and writing rules, read good books and magazines, use reference tools and edit your documents – especially your emails – after letting them rest a while.

You'll be getting loads of tips on how to improve your writing as we go along. But if I had to shortlist those I think would give you the best returns in the shortest time, I'd give you these five:

Plain business writing course (entry 8): Write so it's easy for your reader to get what you're saying

Prof. George Klare, an expert on the readability of texts, uses a visual angle to demonstrate the reader's behaviour. His model of reader performance explains how readers will read better if you keep certain things in mind.

Model of Reader Performance. Adapted from Klare (1980).