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When we speak, we don’t edit, so we may think writing is the same.

But a good presentation is written in some form, edited, re-edited and rehearsed.

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While editing plays a crucial role in preparing a presentation, it’s even more integral to writing a report, document or email because we commit words definitively to paper or the screen.

Several steps used to prepare and edit a presentation, however, can be applied to writing, and editors can apply these steps also to a written work:


-Link the ideas

Editing written text must also include verifying whether the ideas flow nicely.


-Practise out loud, privately

An often overlooked tool when editing written text is reading it out loud, as nuances are often more apparent when spoken.


-Discover and fix any weaknesses

Consider, among others: Are words unnecessarily repeated? Are the right verb tenses used?


-Polish the introduction

Is the introduction of the written piece engaging? Does it preview the content?


-Set it aside, to incubate

Often, setting text aside for several hours, if not for an entire day, and returning to it with a fresh view will reveal edits that should be made.


-Edit and fine tune

Make any changes needed to the written piece one last time.


-Practise in front of others

Give your text to someone else to read, asking for constructive feedback.


An editor serves as a crucial third party in all of these steps.

  1. I never thought about it that way: that steps to prepare a presentation can apply to writing AND editing. Thanks


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