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Improving Introductory Memo’s The Big Three: Most Common Errors Memo should begin with 2-3 sentence overview that includes (not just opening sentences) o Purpose statement o Specific preview statement (To help you get to know me I will share a little about my background, interests, achievements, and goal…) Memo should be reader/audience-centered and the business focus should be evident. Writer should connect her/his interests and/or achievements with business world objectives (e.g., my passion for sports has/will served me professionally by developing goal-setting and time-management skills) Students use far to many I ’s when writing about themselves. This assignment limits the use of I to start a sentence. Other Tips: Format Don’t place headings at end of page KISS (Keep is short & simple) – be concise; avoid empty and/or academic-sounding
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Unformatted text preview: words Strive for parallelism Use standard memo format Use unique but practical subject lines (include writer’s name) More careful editing throughout (spelling/ grammar) Content Avoid talking/writing “on the nose” – there is no need to state obvious (e.g. because I’m required to type this memo…) Frame memo with overview and close (closing statement) Language use – avoid sexist, racist, ageist, words Tone Appropriateness is key! Forms of address & salutations – error on side of caution Foster goodwill Consider reader Anticipate effects! Keep business focus at center of business writing Revised December 15, 2008 Jane E. Fitzgibbon, Ph.D. Business Communication Course Director Dept. of Communication Wayne State University...
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