Business Writing Tip#107—Balance

A couple of posts ago when I was talking about style when writing reports I mentioned the word balance. Your writing style when you are writing a report will be less passionate than it would be if you were trying to persuade someone to do something.scales

You don’t want to sound too certain, or too inflexible, in your thinking. There’s not much in this life that is black and white!

Here are some words and expressions you might like to use to produce a balanced, careful, measured style.

  • In general, … however …
  • On the whole,
  • It is possible that …
  • It seems that …
  • Many/Some/Several/A majority of …
  • usually/typically/often …
  • but …
  • … tend to …
  • would/could/may/might
  • … is expected to …
  • … is likely to …
  • substantially
  • considerably
  • significantly
  • relatively
  • marginally
  • slightly

The image on this page, “Unbalance Of Golden Scales”, is courtesy of Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

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