As you advance in your professional career, correspondence (e.g. memos, emails, meeting with your professors, etc.) with others becomes very important. How you communicate through writing is a direct reflection of yourself, so make it good!

In general, effective correspondence follows these guidelines:

  • The first sentence should get right to the point. Do not ramble.
  • Use short and concise sentences to express your ideas.
  • This is a method of official communication so practice standard format and avoid slang.
  • Tone is very important. Correspondence is easy to misinterpret so use simple and straightforward language.
  • Be aware of the audience.
  • Edit, edit, edit.

Additional Information

For writing memos, letters, emails, and meeting with your professors use the links below for tips and templates: