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How to Write an Effective Memo
Permanent availability has led to a permanent flow of information. Where we stuck post-it stickers to someone's monitor or keyboard, or dropped a hand written note on someone's table in the past, we now send short text messages (SMS) or emails. In this chapter we will have a look at how we can create quick and efficient memos.
How Would You Like to Sound? – British or American English?
Does it matter to learn 'Oxford English' or 'American English'? - What influence do accents have on acceptance and appreciation in business and private situations? - We take a closer look on the impact and work on the best strategy.
Personality Assessment Tests
Personality Assessment Tests have become very common in recruiting. We have a look at both sides of it, for the interviewee and the interviewer.
English for Business Executives

It is quite an art to be clear and concise. It sounds easy, but it isn’t at all. There is a saying in English: “one thought one sentence”, or as the American Writer Society claims “One thought per sentence – one idea per paragraph”.

Perhaps it will help you to think from the end. “What shall be the result, the outcome, of this memo?”. Taking it from there may structure your thoughts the right way. 

And it will also help you most probably to find a good subject line, one which describes your request best. 

Please consider:

  • the subject line often decides if and when people read your message,
  • the subject line creates expectations, be it positive or negative,
  • if your text doesn’t match the expectations, you might confuse (confound) and annoy your recipient.


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