Amazon's tips for writers

.productivity Mar 5, 2021

TL;DR / 3 Amazon tips for writers:

— Use short sentences

Data instead of weasel words and adjectives

—The 4 Amazon answers: Yes, No, a Number, I don't know and will follow-up when I do.

I can't locate the source anymore, but I found this somewhere on the internets and stored it in my Notion inbox.

It is handy for a ton of different writing types, including pitch decks, emails, notes to venture capitalists, or even how you communicate in your 1-on-1’s or team meetings — writing clearly and concisely is really, really hard and takes a lot of practice. Applying these conventions could level-up your communication.

Tips for Amazon Writers

Use less than 30 words per sentence:

  • Due to the fact that 👉🏻 because
  • Totally lacked the ability to 👉🏻 could not

Replace adjectives with data:

  • We made the performance much faster 👉🏻 We reduced server-side latency from 10ms to 1ms

Eliminate weasel words:

  • Nearly all customers 👉🏻 87% of Prime members
  • Significantly better 👉🏻 25% basis points

If you get a question, reply with one of the four Amazon answers:

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. A Number
  4. I don’t know and will follow up when I do

I'm a big fan of The Rule of 3's, so I'd prioritize and make a law out of them:

3 Amazon tips for writers:

  1. Use short sentences
  2. Data instead of weasel words and adjectives
  3. The 4 Amazon answers: Yes, No, a Number, I don't know and will follow-up when I do.

.productivity - Peter Kos
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