Whether you are wading through complex legal documents or trying to decipher intricate instructions, it can be very frustrating when you have to re-read something to understand what it says. Plain language, also called Plain English, is a communication an audience can understand the first time they read or hear it. In 1998, President Clinton issued an executive memo requiring agencies to write in plain language, and now the Plain Language Movement is working to eliminate overly complex language in academia, law and business. In this podcast, writing coach Kevin Ryan discusses the basics of plain language and how to incorporate it into your e-mails, presentations and overall writing at work.
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