There’s no excuse for flabby writing. In business writing, brevity is crucial - readers want to read through your email or document very quickly and move on to something else. So edit your work to ensure it as short and to the point as possible.

Here are three ways to improve your writing in a flash:

1. Search your email or document for words like “just”, "currently" and “actually”. You can usually remove these without actually losing any meaning. Or you can remove them without losing any meaning. See what I did there?

2. Avoid the trap of adding words to make a phrase sound more important. For instance, “We will conduct an investigation into that” is rather wordy. “We will investigate that” is simpler and more direct.

3. Don’t make verbs longer than they need to be. You can “print” a document. You don’t need to print it out or print it off.

It's quick, it's easy and it's something your readers will be grateful for.