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Don't Anesthetize Your Colleagues with Bad Writing

Harvard Business Review

When you write e-mails, reports, letters, and other documents, here's how to keep your readers alert and responsive: Use personal pronouns skillfully. This guideline is hardly absolute — sometimes passive voice is the most natural way to say what you're saying. But if you develop a strong habit of using active voice, you'll largely prevent convoluted, backward-sounding sentences in your writing. It seems obvious that you shouldn't put your audience to sleep, doesn't it?

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