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WHY YOU (YES YOU!) NEED TO vary your writing and EMPHASIS for different audiences!!!!

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What sort of industry do you work in?

One that values conformity and fitting in – or one that values EXPRESSIVENESS and STANDING OUT!!!

This post was inspired by feedback over twitter from someone in the US – with well-intentioned feedback that he found my bolding in my posts distracting and hard on the eye.

I value the feedback…and it got me thinking about emphasis in writing.

Not just the words – but how those words look and sound on the page or screen.

You can add emphasis and vary the sound with:

CAPS

punctuation – exclamation marks!!!!

bold

italics

“air quotations” –  quotation marks always says to me (in an “Austin Powers” voice) that someone else saying this or it’s a special term – think “LASER”.

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As a writing trainer, I work with a range of industries.

When I work with creative industries like media and music and advertising – I find the writing so  individual and EXPRESSIVE!!!!

When I present I tend to gesture a lot and emphasise things I want to stand out.

I probably do the same in my writing!

Oh, there’s that exclamation mark again.

I just noticed – even when I use images I use close-ups – just to make sure people notice what I want them to notice.

Self-awareness of your communication style is a powerful thing.

So is awareness of the preferred style of your audience

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Lots of CAPS and exclamation marks and  bold and visual variety in the writing.

I can be expressive in my writing – which is fine when communicating with other expressive types – yet I know my style can be annoying to others.

I sometimes get the feedback with reactions to my emphasis  - things like:

Do you think I’m stupid?

I get it. No need to be so obvious.

I hate exclamation marks.

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Anyway, to help you improve your writing  - I encourage you to:

1. Be aware of different styles – we are not all the same

2. Graciously encourage and accept feedback and try to learn from it

3. Learn how and when to vary your style

I believe that emphasis – CAPS, italics, bold, exclamation marks!!! etc. can add personality and voice to your writing and add visual variety.

Some readers like variety – others find it distracting.

I will heed the advice/feedback and tone down my emphasis – especially when writing for less expressive industries such as engineering, law, and finance.

I’m not abandoning emphasis all together – but I will be more aware and vary my style and degree of expressiveness.

I’m keen to learn your views. Please add to the comments section below.

(In the past I would have written your  as YOUR in CAPS or bolded to make it stand out. I would fear readers might miss it and not comment. I must learn to have more faith in my readers.)

I still think the bolding creates visual variety in a post.

Here’s a link to an example of what I consider to be an excellent post. I like the conversational style and the use of emphasis.

Then again, the writer looks like one of those “individual, creative types”  - who probably likes to STAND OUT!!!

The anatomy of a great post

If you enjoyed this here are links to other tips for better blogging. You can work your way through the list!

1.The YIP-pie-ki-yay success formula for kick-ass blogging

2.Blog like Bregman – how he achieves his engaging style

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