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How does word length affect readability? Is it OK to start a sentence with a conjunction? Does that passive voice really make your butt look bigger? In this workshop, you’ll learn to apply more than 130 years of readability research to your own messages.
Make all your messages easier to read and understand with the help of this manual. Find out why one communicator says: “Cut Through the Clutter was a breakthrough for me.”
Thank God for William H. Dubay, principal of Impact Information! He’s put tons of information about classic readability studies into four books. The best news? They’re all free.
Learn about adult literacy surveys and research on readability and the readability formulas from William H. Dubay, principal of Impact Information.
Read the original articles of readability researchers, including William S. Gray, Edgar Dale and Jeanne S. Chall — all collected and curated by Impact Information’s William H. DuBay.
William H. DuBay’s introduction to the principles of plain language and guidelines for matching your text with the reading skill of the audience
Would your message be twice as good if it were half as long?
Yes, the research says. The shorter your message, the more likely readers are to read it, understand it and make good decisions based on it.
Find out at Rev Up Readability — our tight-writing workshop, which starts Dec. 6.
There, you’ll use a cool (free!) tool to analyze your message for 33 readability metrics. You’ll leave with quantifiable targets, tips and techniques for measurably boosting readability.
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