Richard Feynman said, “If you can’t explain something to a first year student, then you haven’t really understood.”
If your audience is not made up of qualified accountants you need to use simpler language. With a non-financial manager you can’t hide behind accounting terminology. You need to explain what you mean in simple terms.
Here are three steps to simplify your writing.
- Assume your reader is a novice and avoid accounting jargon.
- Try very hard not to use any word with more than three syllables (like this post).
- Remove the adjectives and adverbs
Remember, clear writing is not just for your reader. It will make you stand out from the crowd.