FROM: FACULTY MEMBER
SUBJECT: WRITING GOOD MEMOS
CC: OTHER STUDENTS
The purpose of this memo is to provide you an example of proper memo format. This memo
uses headings and Microsoft Word’s Elegant Memo Template
This memo outlines the required parts of a memo and ends with a recommendation that you use
this advice when writing all future memos.
Memos are clear, concise, informal reports. A memo should have at least four parts: 1) Header
information, 2) purpose statement, 3) a discussion and 4) a closing recommendation or action. Some
memos may also include a summary. The header information should clearly state: 1) who the memo
is for, 2) who the memo is from, 3) the date, 4) the specific subject of the memo, and possibly 5) the
list of those receiving a copy of the memo. Note that this memo contains all this information above.
The purpose of your memo should be clearly stated in the first sentence of the memo. Headings can
be used to make your memo clearer as this memo does, although headings are not necessary for this
short memo. In some memos, especially longer memos, it may be appropriate to summarize your
message before going into a detailed discussion related the purpose of your memo. This memo
provides a summary, although the summary is not needed for this short memo. The discussion in
the memo should provide the information the reader is expecting after reading the purpose of the
memo. The final paragraph of the memo should clearly state what you expect to happen next. You
should either provide a recommendation or a suggested action.
I recommend that you use these suggestions on format and content when writing all future