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July 21, 2017 / 

Brad Hawkes

How to create compelling Word documents in under 5 minutes

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Do you spend too much time creating last-minute documents? We know the feeling, so here's 5 simple steps to help you create more compelling Word documents without hiring a designer. 

 

1. Open a new document 

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  • Open a Microsoft Word document
  • Click Insert
  • Click My Add-ins
  • Open Pickit Free Images

Don't have the app yet? Click!


2. Add your text

Try avoiding big chunks of text, paticularly if you think the file will be read on a screen rather than a paper printout. And don't forget to use subheadings, bold text, bullets and images to help make your document easier to digest. 

More on this here.

 

3. Open the Pickit Free Images app

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Know what you're after? Use the search tool to find just the right image. 

Need some inspiration? Browse our curated collections of free clipart images, illustrations, and photos. 

When you find something you like that supports your message, double-click to add it to your doc. 

 


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4. Revisit the top of the first page 

Now, make sure your first image, title, and introduction are interesting enough to pull people in. First impressions are everything, and docs are no exception.

Documents vary in style, of course, and sometimes you need to use a set format or stick to Microsoft Word templates created by someone at your company. But where possible, try to spice up your introduction a little. Most times it'll make or break your message, so spend a little extra time getting this part right and people will be more likely to read the rest. 

Ask yourself things like: 

  • Is the title easy to read and understand?
  • Does the top half of the first page look interesting?
  • Does the introduction clearly communicate what to expect from the rest of the doc?
 

5. Put it out there

Save it. Attach it. Send it. And savor the moment; people are probably letting out sighs of relief right now and thanking you for sending something that doesn't put them to sleep. 

 

Still don't have the Pickit Free Images app? Click the pink buttony thing below and follow your nose. 

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Who wrote this?  

This was posted by Brad Hawkes, our Content Marketing Manager here at Pickit. He's not a professor in rhetoric and he's never given a TED Talk. He has, however, clocked up over 1000 presentations, seminars and talks over the last 15 years, picking up a few ideas along the way. He once spoke to a crowd of 5000, but mostly he's spoken to crowds of 5, and he's always looking for simpler, clearer ways to say things and get a message across. He also makes a fine cup of coffee.

 


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