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How to write a Press Release?

HOW TO WRITE PRESS RELEASES IN PLAIN ENGLISH IR magazine By Bernard Simon While corporate executives are fond of insisting that customers come first, that philosophy all too often does not extend to the communications side of the business. Many senior executives and their advisers - including IR and PR professionals and lawyers - prefer to put the emphasis on what they want to say rather than what their target audience wants and needs to hear. Below are some hints for user-friendly IR writing: 1 Give the pen to a communications specialist with authority to override changes that obfuscate key messages with legal mumbo-jumbo. l. The first sentence is key. Keep it short - preferably one verb and no more than 30 words. 3 Use plain, simple words and grammar: 'use' instead of 'utilize'; 'start' or 'begin' rather than 'commence'; 'help' rather than 'assist'; 'decide' rather than 'make a decision'; and so on. 4 Avoid so-called 'defined terms' like 'the Company', 'the Meeting'. They serve no useful purpose, add complexity and slow the reader down. There is no legal requirement for them. Avoid passive voice whenever possible. Try not to start a press release with 'announces that.' or 'is pleased to announce that..' Get straight to the point see. 7 Avoid unnecessary capital letters. As The Economist style guide advises: 'If in doubt, use lower case unless it looks absurd.' Words such as board, chairman, chief executive, meeting and circular should normally all be lower case. 8 NEWS Avoid meaningless, cliché-filled quotes, such as: We are committed to maximizing shareholder value going forward,' John Smith, the company's chief executive, said. The more original and punchy a quote, the more likely it is to be used by media outlets. Consider using bullets to highlight key points. This is especially useful to give LHEITHDIH readers a quick summary of financial results or a complex deal. Similarly, use bullets in the body of the release as an alternative to a very long sentence. 10 The best way to tell the difference between good and bad writing is to read it aloud. Bernard Simon is a writer, editor, consultant and coach, affiliated with The Lanes Strategic Communications. He wrote this article when he was vice president of communications at Kingsdale Shareholder Services. Press Release POWER Press Release Power CO

How to write a Press Release?

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