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By Patrick Forsyth

Forsyth presents functional tips about proposing a suggestion basically and persuasively. utilizing checklists, workouts and examples, he explains tips to make a plan, move principles into writing and edit them to accomplish top effects.

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4 The power of language If you undertake to engender a totality of meaning which corresponds with the cognition of others seeking to intake a communication from the content you display in a report there is a greater likelihood of subsequent action being that which you desire. You are correct. That is not a good start. If I want to say: ‘If you write well, people will understand and be more likely to react as you wish’ – then I should say just that. But it makes a good point with which to start this chapter.

He knew many people were a bit worried about how the changes would affect them, so, determined to get things right, he set to with a vengeance. He was nothing if not thorough. He measured every room, he counted everything that moved and catalogued everything that did not. He mapped every electric wire and noted who used what pieces of equipment. Then he set about writing a report of his findings and suggestions. Amazed at just how much there was to record, he had the good sense to check his draft with colleagues.

Not too long, covering what is required, and without irrelevant content or digression (note: comprehensiveness is never an objective. If your reports touched on absolutely everything then they would certainly be too long. In fact, you always have to be selective, if you do not say everything, then everything you do say is a choice – you need to make good content choices). ■ Precise: say exactly what you mean and get all necessary details correct. Be careful not to use words like: ‘about’, ‘I think’, ‘maybe’ etc when you should be using a phrase that is clearly definitive.

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