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How to make your emails precise, concise, and easy to read

To make your emails precise, concise, and easy to read, follow these guidelines:

1. Clear Subject Line

  • Be Specific: Make sure your subject line accurately reflects the content of the email.
  • Keep it Short: Aim for 6-10 words.

2. Structured Format

  • Start with a Greeting: A simple “Hi [Name],” is usually sufficient.
  • Introduction: Briefly introduce the purpose of the email in the first sentence. This helps you and the reader.
  • Body: Use short paragraphs and bullet points to break up information.
  • Conclusion: Sumerize any actions needed or the next steps.
  • Sign Off: End with a polite closing, like “Best regards,” followed by your name.

3. Concise Language

  • Avoid Redundancy: Eliminate unnecessary words and repetitive information.
  • Be Direct: Get to the point quickly. State your main idea within the first few sentences.
  • Use Active Voice: This makes your sentences clearer and more direct.

4. Clarity

  • Simple Words: Use common, easily understood words instead of jargon or complex vocabulary.
  • Short Sentences: Aim for sentences that are 15-20 words long.
  • Consistency: Stick to one topic per email whenever possible.

5. Readability

  • Use Headings and Subheadings: These help break up sections and guide the reader.
  • Bullet Points and Numbered Lists: These make information easier to digest.
  • White Space: Use ample spacing to avoid dense blocks of text.

6. Actionable Items

  • Highlight Actions: Clearly state any actions you need from the recipient.
  • Deadlines: If applicable, specify when you need a response or action to be taken.

7. Proofreading

  • Spell Check: Always run a spell check before sending.
  • Read Aloud: This can help catch errors and awkward phrasing.
  • Reread: When responding to an important email, save it without sending it and reread it later. If you feel revisions are needed, do so, but ensure perfectionism does not get in the way.
  • Second Pair of Eyes: If the email is important, ask a colleague to review it.

Example Email Structure

Subject: Team Meeting on Project X – June 25, 10 AM

Hi Team,

I hope this email finds you well.

We need to discuss the next steps for Project X. Please find the details below:

Meeting Details:

  • Date: June 25, 2024
  • Time: 10:00 AM
  • Location: Conference Room B


  1. Project Update: Brief status report from each team member.
  2. Action Items: Review pending tasks and assign new ones.
  3. Deadlines: Set milestones for the next phase.


  • Bring your progress reports.
  • Review the attached document on recent project developments.

Please confirm your attendance by June 23.

Best regards,

[Your Name]
[Your Position]
[Your Contact Information]

Following these guidelines will make your emails more effective, professional, and easier to read.

Hal Meyer and The ADD Resource Center offer specialized behavioral intervention and educational services for ADHD. They empower adolescents, adults, couples, and their loved ones to manage ADHD symptoms and reach their full potential. They have the expertise to provide personalized guidance and unwavering support on the journey to success.

Harold Robert Meyer /The ADD Resource Center – http://www.addrc.org/ – 646/205.8080 06/24/2024

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