- BLUF (communication)
B.L.U.F. is an acronym (alternatively, initialism) for "Bottom Line Up Front". [http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/BLUF Acronym Dictionary: BLUF] ] The term is common in military writing. [http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/news/mcintyre/blog/2007/08/just_throw_the_ball_already.html Baltimore Sun weblogs (see comments)] ] [http://www.iraqischools.com/letters.asp?ltr=1 Iraqi Schools: Letter from a US Army Major (demonstrates BLUF and indicates its use)] ] The concept is not exclusive to writing; it can also refer to conversations and interviews. [http://www.leadersinc.com/default2.asp?active_page_id=920 Leaders Inc. Interview Preparation Guide] ]
The BLUF model can be routinely seen in executive summaries in reports, subject lines in e-mails, and abstracts in scholarly articles. [http://www.ewriteonline.com/ht/display/ArticleDetails/i/1439/pid/1016 eWrite Online] ] It applies directly to the format of a
résuméto prevent it being too long or wordy. [http://www.gijobs.net/magazine.cfm?issueId=46&id=563 GI Jobs] ] In technical writing, BLUF is considered an essential skill. [http://www.nercomp.org/data/media/E-WRITE%20Presentation%20-%20Writing%20Skills%20for%20Technical%20Support%20Professionals%209-26-05.ppt#330,6 "Ten Essential Writing Skills for Help Desk Techies" (slide six)] ]
In conversation, the BLUF model can be used to keep conversation or answers to questions concise and focused on the immediate topic, in order to help a person talk less (such as in an interview).
The BLUF model can also be used in planning and management to insure the purpose of plans are kept in mind, decision-maker support is more readibly attainable, and measurement of impact may more easily and accurately be assessed. [http://chppm-www.apgea.army.mil/dhpw/Population/Documents/12BLUF_HealthPromotionKey.pdf Keys to Effective Health Promotion (based around a BLUF model)] ]
BLUF is also key in medical assessment to determine quickly the most pressing problem facing a patient. [http://www.apa.org/monitor/jan07/therapy.html American Psychological Association's publication "Monitor on Psychology", Volume 38, No. 1 January 2007 page 42 "Supplying therapy where it’s needed most" by Christopher Munsey] ]
* [http://www.google.com/search?q=BLUF+bottom+line+up+front BLUF at Google.com]
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