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A memo (also known as “memorandum“) is a written document used for communication purpose within an organization. Memo can have many uses, but most often it is used to inform (news, notice, updates), to persuade (tell employees about something that should be done), or to issue instructions (request employees to do something).

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how to write a memo

How to write a memo

Memo is normally structured on semi formal basis and is usually not more than a page long.

Memo can be used to:

  • persuade to action (we should do this)
  • issue a directive (do this)
  • provide a report / to notify (here’s what was done, here is what is going to happen, or here’s what we found out)

In order to render a memo an effective business communication tool, you want to include some key components:

  • Purpose statement (why do you write this memo?)
  • Main content (what are the facts you would like to communicate?)
  • Action statement (what would you like people to do?)

The theme of the document might be different but the outline is usually very similar and includes two main sections: the Heading and the Message. The Heading section identifies the recipients, the sender, date on which the document had been sent and the subject, which explains the purpose of the communication. The Message section is where you describe the subject matter in detail.

Memo Outline format: heading and message


To: fill in the name of the recipient. For an informal memo use only the first name. For a formal memo use a full name of the recipient. If the recipient is not in your department, mention his / her full name along with the name of the department. It is not required to write a salutation before the name, for example, Mr., Miss, Ms., or Mrs. in informal memos while salutations are recommended when memo is formal.

From: fill in the sender’s name. Again, only the first name for informal memo and full name for formal memo. Sender’s full name along with his / her department name is recommended when sending the memo from one department to another.

Date: enter the date when the memo is sent. If you company is international, you want to avoid possible confusion between different date formats ( and mm.dd.yy) by writing your date in a confusion-free manner, e.g. June 8, 2013.

Subject: identify the purpose of the memo in a clear, short, descriptive subject.


This is where the actual message of the memo goes. Try keeping it short and fit everything on a single page. If your message is longer, use subheadings to divide your message.


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Simple memo examples

Below you will find simple memorandum templates. These are very simple basic designs: no images, formal, neutral. They will work for most businesses. If you are looking for something less formal be sure to scroll down to next section with Creative Memo Examples.

Creative memo examples

Since memo is an internal tool, its design also does not have to be very formal or dry. While many companies will use a single document format for all internal communication, creating different memo designs is also very popular. For example, there could be a special memo format to announce arrival of a new team member, or to congratulate with holidays.