Writing Effectively at The World Health Organization

Getting a second opinion

It’s not always easy to determine how well your document flows or how coherent it might be to your reader, especially if you have just finished writing it and are very familiar with the subject matter. Many times other people will notice strengths or weaknesses that you as the writer don’t see. For this reason, it is often a good strategy to have someone else read the document before you finalize it.

When you ask a colleague to read your document, make it clear to them the type of feedback you are seeking. It can be helpful to get feedback focused on the logical flow of your document, on the mechanics or on minor points of proofreading. It can be frustrating for both you and your colleague if you are expecting one kind of assistance and they give you another.

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