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What Is A Document?

A document is a representation of thought whether written, drawn, published, or memorized. A document is a form, or a written piece, which trains a line of thought or an important event as in history.

How To Make A Document

Do you know that a company utilizes documents to communicate, transact business, and evaluate its productivity? These documents vary from short email messages to complicated legal contracts. Below are easy steps to effectively make a document. Here's how!

1. Identify Your Audience

First things first, know your audience and direct them to your writing. Consider whether the tone of your document suits your target group. Appropriate company writing expertise will be helpful for this purpose. If you aren't sure precisely who your audience is, ask yourself who you're writing for and who's most probable to benefit from your writing.

2. Know the Needs of Your Readers

Carefully consider the information the reader will want or need. Recognize and include that data in your document after you have recognized your audience. Try to tackle any prospective arguments or issues that readers may have and try to address those.

3. Organize Your Writing

Put yourself in the position of the reader and ask yourself the following questions: What about this article? Why must I read it? After reading it, what should I do? You must also check if your business article is cohesively written and if the process is exciting, clear, and instructive. Follow the traditional document type structure, be it a letter, mail, e-mail, summary report, resume, advertisement, project overview, or other communication.

4. Avoid Using Jargons

Using all kinds of technical jargon and swanky acronyms to fill your document could perhaps make you feel trained and well educated. But it is just cluttering your document. Even though you are confident that your document will be used internally within your office, staying away from too much jargon is still intelligent. In the long run, it's always safer to say what you mean in a specific and simple manner.

5.  Keep it Short

According to an analysis, the attention span of an average human is only eight seconds. Do you have any opportunity in eight seconds or less to make your document fully digestible? Perhaps not. But, even so, you must make it your objective to maintain things as brief as possible when providing all the data you need. Remember to make an attempt in making your document simple to skim. If possible, use short paragraphs, headers, and points of the bullet. The more structured and easy it is to look at, the simpler it is to grab the attention of people.

6. Make Sure Your Document Appears Professional

Regardless of how good your document's quality maybe, if it doesn't look professional, it will be easily missed. Keep in mind that your audience will first observe how it is laid out on paper. First impression is indeed important.  

7. Proofread Everything

After a spell checker and grammar checker has been used, take a moment to check your file. Look for omitted phrases, incorrect names, and incorrect punctuation. Check for grammatical phrases. Ensure that the document is clear, succinct, and free of mistake. Before you produce it, it may be useful to have a colleague, workmate, or even a skilled writer or editor to review your job.

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