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Self-Serving Newsletters and Interviews:
Many of us receive Newsletters from legislators and others. Or, we read articles that seem more focused on the writer than the reader. Have you noticed how self-serving they are with phrases like: “I believe, I think, I support”, and other “I” references? You hear the same poor phrases during television or radio interviews.
If you are writing the Newsletters, email, or expressing a thought, it is obviously what you “believe, think, support, etc.” Unless you are quoting someone else, we accept that these are your views and we don’t need to be reminded every sentence. These phrases are an indication that the writer/speaker feels more important than the reader. That is never a good way to encourage others to believe in you, and what you are trying to convey. Try to “show” when you write rather than “tell”. You want the reader to believe the content is for and about them, and therefore warrants their attention.
Here are reasons to avoid frequently using “I’ in your articles.
- It focuses on the writer instead of the reader
- The article becomes too self-centered.
- The reader or viewer clearly understands that it is you, the person saying or writing the article, who “thinks”, “believes,” or “assumes.”
- Readers cringe each time they read or hear another “I.”
- Your readers/viewers want to read or hear things that are helpful to them
- It makes you appear immature and to lack self-confidence.
What are your thoughts, and writing habits?
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