How to Write a Memo

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Write a memo by including who the memo is from, the name of the addressee, the subject of the memo and a brief, straightforward message. Avoid using extra words or salutations when writing a memo with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on writing.

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Hi, I'm Laura, from, and I'm going to talk about how to write a memo. A memo has a specific format, it's pretty straightforward. You want to include To with a colon, and then the name of the addressees, and From with a colon, and your name. Come up with a subject that illustrates what it's about. For example, this is about a staff party, so it's says Re with a colon, and then staff party, and then the date, which of course, is pretty standard. Now, the content of the memo will be really straightforward, really very basic, and quick, so you don't need to have a salutation.There's no reason to start with an opening statement, such as I hope you're having a good day, or anything like that. It's just a very quick piece of news, and although you don't necessarily need a closing, you might want to end with something that thanks the person. For example, I look forward to seeing you at this event. In this memo, I say, I look forward to seeing everyone there, because it's about a party, so keep it short. Don't use a lot of extra words. Make sure your heading in your subject line illustrates what it's about, and follow that format, and you'll be able to write a very successful memo.


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