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The Email: When Better Business Writing Means Shorter

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A Word From The Word

Let your words be few. Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. (Ecclesiastes 5:2-3, NLT)

A Word For Writers

Email can be a good example of better business writing.

The Email: Let your words be few. A #devotional for #writers based on Ecc 5:2-3 with Word Wise at Nonprofit Copywriter #WritingTips #BusinessWriting

It’s short. It’s quicker and easier to write than print mail. It creates a digital paper trail. And it costs less to use than snail mail.

When you write clearly and concisely, email can be the more efficient, better choice.

Scripture, too, extols brevity. 

Jesus admonished His followers not to “babble on and on” when they carried on business with God. Doing so indicated a misunderstanding of what God knows and doesn’t know.

Solomon did the same: “Let your words be few … too many words make you a fool.” 

As did Paul. He explained that worthless, foolish talk leads to godless behavior. 

Wordiness can demonstrate disrespect and foolishness. And excess words lack value.

There are plenty of opportunities for long form writing in books, reports, and white papers. But for better business writing, less can be more. As in a well-crafted, to-the-point email.

A Wise Word

Email’s brevity is a strength.

A Word To Pray

Heavenly Father,

Keep me from worthless, foolish talk. Show me how to write with brevity and clarity, using words with respectfully.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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