0049: How To Simplify Your Writing The Amazon Way



Show notes:

Hey there, hero!

I love finding examples of world-class systems of communication, and I found an article that looks at how Amazon teams communicate with each other when creating written documents:


In it, Sinem Günel shows us a number of ways that Amazon is atypical in their approach to written communication, and what they do to be efficient in meetings.

It starts with simplifying their language, and we look at some prime examples in the podcast.

You know, Amazon Prime examples. See what I did there?

After you listen to the podcast, do you have any examples of simplification that you’re a stickler about? Anything that people write that sticks in your craw? Let me know in the comments below.


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  1. WOW David! This was eye opening! Thank you for pointing this out through your podcast.

    My pet peeve is “At the end of the day”.

    I now see I need to remove “just” from all my writings.

    Thanks again!


  2. Great information, thank you. My personal pet peeves are using “myself” instead of “me,” and any use of the word “irregardless.” The correct word is “irrespective.”

  3. I am guilty of writing too much when I could say it simply. Pet peeve: actually. This word rarely has weight in any context. It seems to be a bridge to another thought, much like “um” and “y’know.”