#39 Increase the font or page size; mistakes are easier to spot when the text/page is larger. Highlight each line (a bit like the ruler technique) as you read it and try reading (or mouthing) the text aloud to aid your concentration. See more top tips here.
#27 Try and ensure that no more than 3 people proofread a document. When lots of people go through a proof, more mistakes tend to be introduced. The ‘too many cooks’ adage is very true in proofreading. See more top tips here.
Getting rid of simple mistakes in your writing is important. We’ve talked about it before. Spelling slip-ups and grammatical errors distract the reader from what you are saying. And they can be downright embarrassing. Take the example of the latest television ad from Premier Inn. It’s supposed to be funny; it’s one of a series
#22 Take breaks when you are proofreading. A few minutes away from the proof can help you develop a “fresh eye”. Do some other work, or go back to a proof after lunch or a coffee break and you will spot further mistakes. Honestly, it works! See more top tips here.