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"Tom Clifford is by trade a filmmaker. For most of his life, he rarely wrote anything longer than a brief comment in the margin of a script. 

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Zapping Article Chaos, Optimizing Content, Harnessing Transcript Power

Here are three (very different) articles I recently wrote for Content Marketing Institute. Each article is written to specifically boost your communication skills in new ways.

Feel free to join the conversation by leaving your comments or sharing your insights on an article.

1. 4 Steps to Zap Article Chaos (Now and Forever)
Here's a simple method I use to organize and turn my rough ideas into finished articles. Copy my system or tweak it to fit your own needs.

2. How to Optimize Your Online Content (Without Being an SEO Wizard)
If you're like me and don't care to spend hours keeping up with all the latest search engine optimization techniques (SEO), you might enjoy this nifty tool. (Um, I use it and really like it.)

3. Transcripts for Content Marketing: Are You Ignoring These 3 Hidden Benefits?
Don't use transcripts when interviewing someone? Hmm. Here's why you might want to reconsider. There are some great tips beyond what I talk about in the article in the comments section.


How to Let Your Articles Breathe

You’re breathing, right?
Now carefully watch your breath.

Did you feel that tiny pause?
The pause in-between your breaths?

Let’s try another example, then.

Take your favorite CD.
Notice what’s in-between the songs?

Neither can I.

That’s the power of the “pause”
And your articles are no different.

Articles need pauses, too.

Pauses help your content to “breeeeeathe.”

What does it mean to let your article “breathe?”
Letting your article “breathe” means inserting periodic pauses throughout your content.

It’s that simple.

So how do you add pauses to your content?
Here are three quick and simple ways you can pauses in your articles:

1. One type of pause can be as simple as using one sentence (um, like this).

2. A pause can be as simple as using two words.

Like this.

3. Adding bold type is another easy way to add a break in your content.

Combining all three techniques throughout your article helps readers digest your ideas in smaller pieces, instead of plowing through big chunks of text.

And we know what might happen when there’s too much chunky text to take in at once, right? Readers get annoyed and boogie on.

That’s why it’s important to have pauses
Think about the pauses on your CD.

The breaks in-between the songs lets you savor the past while getting you ready for what’s to come. Letting your articles “breathe” by adding breaks does the same thing as the pauses on a CD.

Pauses do three big jobs for your readers
Pauses in articles create:
1. Visually aesthetic reading material (it’s inviting)
2. Forward momentum (it entices continued reading)
3. Time to reflect (so the brain doesn’t have to work so hard)

This “breathing” thing wastes precious space
Or does it?

Here’s what the section above looks like without pauses:

“That’s why is it important to have pauses. Pauses invite action. Think about the pauses on your CD. The pauses in-between the songs lets you savor the past while getting you ready for what’s to come. Letting your articles “breathe” by adding pauses does the same thing as the pauses in a CD. Those pauses do three big jobs for your readers. Pauses in articles create visually aesthetic reading material (it’s inviting); foreword momentum (it entices continued reading) and time to reflect (the brain doesn’t have to work so hard). This “breathing” thing wastes precious space. Or does it?”

Pretty chunky, huh?

Online readers are finicky
They’ll give your article two seconds and then one of two things will happen:

1. They land, scan and leave.

2. Or they settle in and read.

Give your readers a break


See what I mean?