A German colleague of mine invited me to attend one of his workshops. He used an abbreviation (that is a short way of writing a word or a phrase) that I was not able to understand. I had absolutely no idea what his workshop was about. I’m sure he didn’t realise it himself. He probably uses the abbreviation again and again. And that’s where the danger lies. We are so used to using abbreviations (like ‘etc.’ and ‘asap’), that we can’t imagine that others won’t understand them.

That’s why I always tell people to avoid abbreviations and to write the word or words out in full. So instead of writing ‘i.e.’, write ‘in other words’. And rather than write ‘F2F’, write ‘face to face’. Or ‘laugh out loud’, rather than ‘LOL’.

You’ll make it easier for your reader to understand you! 🙂