30 short, useful, actionable LinkedIn tips in 30 days from Doctor LinkedIn™, David Petherick. #30×30
#16/30: Write your profile like Hemingway.
- “He looked down the hill slope again and he thought, I hate to leave it, is all. I hate to leave it very much and I hope I have done some good in it. I have tried to with what talent I had. Have, you mean. All right, have.”
That’s from the final chapter of For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway.
I’m not suggesting you set your profile in the Spanish Civil War. My point is that Ernest Hemingway wrote with simplicity and clarity in his language. You should write your profile with a similar aim: be clear and simple.
I don’t know anyone who claims to write as well as Hemingway, but luckily, there’s a handy online tool that helps.
Appropriately, it’s called the Hemingway App.
Drop your text into the app, and it helps you make the text clearer, with advice on—
- Readability Index
- Ease of Reading
- Making phrases simpler
- Removing adverbs
- Avoiding the passive voice
The good news it’s free, and easy to access from any web browser, although you can buy an inexpensive Mac or PC app to work offline.
Just visit http://www.hemingwayapp.com/ and drop in your text from your clipboard, or start writing there from scratch.
It’s great to see how quickly you can improve your writing, and to benchmark how legible your text is.
I ran a few random LinkedIn Profile summaries through it, and it really shows how easy it is to add clarity to your writing. I found a minimum of 40% of sentences were “very hard to read” in a sample of five summaries.
Your profile visitors want your profile to be easy to read.
So get to work on yours. Add clarity.
- Just for fun, find out which author you write like at http://iwl.me/
- If you’re looking to improve your LinkedIn Profile, get in touch with David Petherick at Amazes.me for a free ten-minute consultation. Packages range from real-time live profile updates to the full-blown Classic LinkedIn Profile makeover.