By Bobby DePasquale
The devil is in the details. This idiom is used in many levels of life; referring to the importance and difficulty of getting the details correct.
There is no better example of that than proofreading and quality control. These mastered skills require the sharpest concentration and most detail-oriented professionals.
Attention to detail is a talent where one has shown the repeated ability to achieve thoroughness, accuracy, and consistency while using keen observation and concentration when accomplishing a task. You cannot teach attention to detail. What you can do is implement checklists, create processes and formulate style guides. You can also regularly implement important reminders about proofreading and quality control. If a person is unable to grasp the importance of paying attention to detail and has not yet mastered that skill, they likely never will. It’s a matter of self-discipline. The importance of this talent can make or break any project and should never be taken lightly.
“Fastidious attention to detail makes the difference between an OK service and first-class service.” –Ben Elliot
How well do you pay attention to detail? Try this little quiz: