Getting Started Quickly, Easily (Part 3): The First Paragraph

Over the past two weeks, I’ve discussed how to get started quickly and easily with your business writing. This week in Part 3, my focus is on The First Paragraph.

  • The first paragraph of your writing is critical. The first paragraph could be the entire message, or it could prepare the reader for a longer message.
  • The purpose of the first paragraph is to make your point quickly, establish your professionalism, reinforce your credibility, and provides your best chance at the reader’s 100% attention level.
  • The first (“lead”) paragraph will have 3-5 lines, or about 1-3 sentences, and should tell the reader who, what (action), when, where, why, and how. These elements can be in any order.

I hope that you’ve found this article to be helpful! If you have, please feel free to leave a comment. Next week, I’ll be discussing Part 4, how to go about writing the first paragraph.

Gail Tycer is a strategic business communication authority: professional speaker; writer, author, editor; coach, consultant, facilitator, and strategist. More free business writing tips from Gail Tycer are available here, and information about Gail’s Business Writing workshops is available here.

 

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