What do you want to communicate?

Written communication with subject complexity or language barriers can complicate a reply. For example, have you ever received an email where the sender's discussion points were convoluted? You understand the questions/discussion points but the reply you're drafting is unstructured and all over the place.

Stop and ask yourself, what do you want to communicate? Consider what your reply says:

  1. Expressly
  2. Implicitly

This is a forcing mechanism to:

  1. Be aware of what you want to communicate
  2. Reduce ambiguity by looking at what you're implying, and clarifying accordingly