If we show clarity and compassion when writing about health, it’s more likely that people will listen. When a person makes a decision relating to their health, they need content that’s both accurate and empathetic. The principles and tools of plain language can help to create health information that makes a difference.
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Plain language means presenting information in a way that your target audience can understand and use. It is a set of linguistic principles that you apply.
A before-and-after example of a plain-language rewrite There are many ways to write legal content in plain language. Here’s a before-and-after example of a clause from an employment contract. In this case, we kept the tone quite formal and conventional. While the tone might change with context, all #contracts should be written in #PlainLanguage.
To be sustainable, a plain-language programme must be aligned with a strategic company aim. The legal team needs to be part of a company-wide training programme with courses that are customised to their needs. Read our white paper on how to advocate for plain language to find out more about each of these actions: Continue to […]
Most of us know that clear communication (or plain language) is needed. But there is less agreement on what makes language clear. What does clear communication look like? How do you know if your content complies with the many laws and regulations that require clarity? How do you set up a plain-language assessment that works? […]
‘Content is king.’ Yet often websites contain information that is irrelevant, out-of-date and unreadable. It is only with a defined content strategy that organisations can give users the content that they want and need – content that is clear and user-friendly, and that complies with laws and regulations.
No longer do consumers tolerate ‘small print’ and unnecessary jargon in insurance. Increasingly, these are viewed as wilful barriers to the truth – as WMDs (Words of Mass Deception). Organisations that continue to use them risk losing the trust of their stakeholders.
Many UK companies are investing in improving their customer communications so that they are written clearly, in a way that´s aligned with Treating Customers Fairly and the Consumer Rights Act. But how do you measure if you are achieving this goal when there are no objective criteria for clear communication or plain language?
Large companies produce thousands of documents, from adverts to customer-service letters, from annual reports to supplier agreements. A company-wide plain English and Treating Customers Fairly audit allows you to identify strengths and weaknesses, and understand where to focus your efforts.
Transparent, fair and clear communication is not only about legal compliance: it is also about selling and marketing complex products and services more effectively to customers who are not willing to buy offerings they don’t understand. Transparent content can help reposition your brand to compete in an age of growing consumer power. Download our white paper to explore how transparent […]
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