Subtitles are underrated. They never get the flashy text treatment of a headline or get featured on their own but they are so helpful in communications! Here are 5 reasons you should love and use subtitles in presentations, memos, articles and speaking notes.
- Subtitles guide a reader through the story line
- Readers can skim subtitles and get the overall message of your story
- They break up a wall of text and make the article more visually approachable
- Subtitles are great transitions to your next point
- Common subtitles like, “Action required: XYZ” or “For more information” provide structure and consistency for the writer and the reader
Next time you’re working on something, try mapping out your story with subtitles. It’s a great tool to help you be a more efficient writer and a helpful exercise to get over writer’s block in a pinch.