That was the question asked recently on the Melcrum Communicators Network. Here are some of the suggestions offered:

  • Print the document out – it’s easier to spot errors in hard copy
  • Email the text to yourself to help you see it with fresh eyes
  • Check for one thing at a time: punctuation, capitalisation, tenses, numbers etc.
  • Put the text away for a while and then come back to it – ideally a day or more
  • Ask a third party to read it through
  • List your common errors and check for these first
  • Read content outloud
  • Check the ‘Readability statistics’ in the spell checker
  • Read the document backwards, it’s easier to see individual words that way

What are your top tips?