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Everyone needs a few tricks for breaking the ice with new people, a way to start a conversation and make everyone feel included. Try our quiz and see how much you know about tried and tested strategies:
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Editing your texts
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Learning to edit

There are many ways to improve your skills. You can take classes or read books on the subject, but the best way to get better is to practice, practice, practice!

How to edit, step 1: wait

The first step is the easiest but not necessarily the simplest or most feasible: leave the editing for as long as you possibly can after writing!

This is because, as you write, you have been clear in your mind about what you want to say and how you want to say it. Your ideas they flow gracefully from one point to the next, ending in a resounding conclusion. So if you read it over immediately after writing, it will be almost impossible to see any mistakes as your flowing ideas are so clear in your head. Step away, and return after as long a time as you can: even if you are working to a strict deadline, grab a coffee, then edit.

How to edit, step 2: ideas

Once you return to your text, focus on the ideas you are conveying and the points you need to get across. Read your text through imagining what it would look like to someone who does not know the content:

  • Does it make sense?
  • Is it consistent?

Delete or include detail and even change the order of paragraphs if necessary.

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