Writing For Listeners: Tips & Tricks

Instructor: Rana Abourizk

Rana has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is pursuing a Doctorial Degree. She has been teaching online for over a year. She has a strong business background.

This lesson will explore the importance of writing for listeners, and give some tips and tricks for accomplishing this. Then we will look at an example of writing for listeners to show it in action.

Writing for Listeners

It's important to know how to write for your listening audience. It's vital to know what their interests are, and their knowledge of the topic. As a writer, It's important to be in control of the material being delivered. That means putting yourself in the role of a teacher, not just randomly delivering lumps of information. It's good to be clear and detailed and to know what style of writing is necessary. For example, the teacher is the reader and your audience may be children ages 4-6. Your style of writing is going to need to be simple, easy to understand, and appropriate for that age group.

If the listeners are children, the writing should be simple enough for the kids to understand the writer

Tips & Tricks

  • The writer should know his or her part. Why am I writing this? How will I write this?
  • Try to make a draft first of all the points you want to discuss.
  • Know who you are writing for, and what the demographics are. What are your listeners' backgrounds and beliefs? This will help determine your writing style.
  • Make sure you write clearly, with no grammatical errors. Proofread, and also read out loud, checking for tone. Have somebody else check your writing too.
  • Make sure you have done your research and know your topic.
  • Try to make your writing enjoyable to listen to. For example, adding a joke or giving the audience/listeners a powerful or sentimental example of the topic sometimes will catch their attention.
  • Don't use slang words. Some people may not understand, or may think your writing is unprofessional.
  • Don't use cliches, such as 'you win some, you lose some'.
  • The simpler the writing is, the easier it will be to pay attention and understand. If it's too long, the reader may lose interest.
  • Back up your opinions with facts. Make sure people know what your message is by restating it.

The writer should know his or her role, the audience, and the message that needs to be delivered. The writing should be clear, truthful and informative.

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