Business Memos

Memo Body

The body of a business memo, depending on its subject, can be as short as one or two sentences or as long as several pages.

The longer the memo, the more important it is to select an organizational method that will make the logical sense to your reader.

Keep in mind that a memo ceases to be a memo if it goes on too long. If it requires more than two pages, review the content. You will want to see if you have gotten off-topic and strayed into other subject areas.

If you have two subjects, send two memos. If not, and the memo is still long, you may want to turn it into a report, or a summary of a report, and sent it out attached to a memo that briefly describes what it is about.

A complex memo will include the following four elements:

Opening

Summary

Discussion

Closing

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