Keep it short and simple

Keep it short and simple

Some words and phrases just complicate the language without adding value. Don’t use a complex style because you think it has more authority and meaning. Look out for these simple swaps to improve your writing

Simplify functional phrases for precision
The letters K I S S cut out from a magazine and pinned to a corkboard
Avoid complex phrases for readability
Trim the process detail for efficiency
Enjoy the benefits

Plain language makes your documents more effective and persuasive. Use our simple swaps and take a look at the before-and-after example below to see what a difference plain language makes! 

Before: The company may require an audit of the business comprising an examination of such business records as necessary to ascertain financial results for the period in question.

After: We might need to audit your business records to confirm the financial results for the period.

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