Friday, April 24, 2009

Biting the bullet: campaigning against bullet points

Ever since I was a teenager I have been a bit of an activist for all sorts of causes. I have just learned of a new campaign which may lack the idealism of the elimination of nuclear weapons or the end of world poverty, but could transform our working lives. It’s the Campaign for WiT at Work.

The writer and trainer Jon Moon is a valiant fighter against the excessive use of bullet points. He argues that “bullets almost seem to encourage poor writing”:

Many bullet lists are incomplete, inconsistent, in the wrong order and grammatically jumbled

His Campaign for WiT at Work aims to replace many of these bullets with what he calls Words in Tables. I would recommend you have a look at Jon Moon’s website or even buy his book, How to make an impact, to find out more about WiT. He has even re-formatted the Cabinet papers that ministers carelessly display to photographers outside No 10.

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