Clear Writing [3 Tips]
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All strong communication starts with writing.
Think about it: Even the best spoken communication—wedding speeches, YouTube videos, business pitches—likely started as a written draft.
Today, I’ll show you 3 tips to communicate with confidence.
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First, why improve your writing?
It’s one of the highest ROI skills. You will:
- Think more clearly (incredible for personal growth)
- Amplify your ideas (influence others and accelerate your career)
Writing is a craft I work on daily, and I still have much to learn.
That said, I’m encouraged by my progress: Over the past 18 months, my writing has generated more than 850 million impressions online, and my LinkedIn audience grew from 1k – 470k in one year.
Here are 3 of my best writing tips:
Tip #1: Write at a 5th-grade reading level. (Seriously.)
Ernest Hemingway wrote at a 5th-grade level despite having an adult audience.
Hemingway believed writing should be direct and personal—like how you talk.
Recently, I wrote a LinkedIn post that received 21,600 likes and 1.35 million impressions. One reason folks read, liked, and shared that post?
I wrote it at a 3rd-grade reading level (see image below):
Use a tool like Hemingway Editor to score the grade level of your writing (it’s free).
Why does this work? We live in a distracted world where most people read content on small mobile devices.
Writing at a lower grade level is empathetic to your readers and gives your message the best chance to connect.
If you’re curious, today’s newsletter clocks in at a 4th-grade reading level.
Tip #2: Apply an AI tool like Grammarly to proofread.
Grammarly is an AI-powered editor that helps you write concisely and mistake-free.
(I’m not affiliated; it’s just a product I use daily.)
- Integrates with your favorite apps (Google Docs, Gmail, etc.)
- Fix ‘their/there' and other common errors missed by autocorrect
- Write in the active voice (Ex: The cake was baked by me -> I baked the cake)
I have a premium subscription (with enhanced suggestions), but the free version is powerful too.
Tip #3: Read your writing out loud.
Your ears can pick up on issues your eyes might have missed on the page.
So, read your writing out loud. Then, polish the areas where you stumble.
Your writing will become less stilted and more conversational.
Do you have frequent writing tasks, e.g., weekly email updates, performance reviews, and client follow-ups?
Try a simple 3-step checklist:
- Simplify writing to a 5th-grade reading level (or below).
- Use a tool like Grammarly to proofread.
- Read your writing out loud and polish.
BRINGING IT HOME
That’s it—3 powerful communication tips.
Write like this, and your message will be a clear signal in a noisy world.
All systems go,
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