How to Write Clear Instructions: 6 easy steps

  1. Use lists where possible.
  2. Use a separate point or sentence for each action.
  3. Make the text large enough for visually impaired readers. How do you know it’s big enough? Test it.
  4. Know your audience—who will be reading these instructions and in what situations?
  5. Write inclusive instructions; make them simple and clear enough for lower literacy readers and readers who are tired, busy or distracted (ie everybody).
  6. TEST THEM on your target users.



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Lucinda Atwood is a teacher and coach who makes it easy for people to develop speaking skills and strategies for prepared presentations and impromptu discussions.
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