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BLUF (Bottom Line Up Front): Get to the point!

Today’s work environment is continually bombarded with emails, calendar invites, and meetings. Time has become a valuable commodity that is becoming more difficult to manage, and when done poorly, it can blur our focus on what needs to get done. Consider the BLUF model in your email. This military practice puts the conclusion or actions needed right up top in an email, typically in a concise single sentence. It gets to the point and quickly tells the reader what is needed, required, or what decision has been made. The rest of the message is back-up, rational, or the data. Although it may feel like a shortcut to your email recipient, you may surprise yourself with how to compress your thoughts into a clear, targeted communication. Even the first draft of this blog was far too long…


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