Clear writing is critical for anybody at work today. Communications with clients, colleagues, authorities and other professionals must accurately and precisely convey the required information. Poor writing leads to miscommunications. Sloppy sentences can be misconstrued. Emails and “remails” seeking clarification waste the time of the writer and the reader.
Studies show many people spend up to three hours a day producing documentation. This includes technical statements, special reports, opinions, emails, work-paper review comments, on-line forms and other communications.
This course will show you how to use plain English to avoid ambiguity. You will increase the quality of your writing while decreasing the time you spend writing. You will learn how to prepare your thoughts and how to compose them so the reader will understand you perfectly.
A lot of technical work is complicated – writing shouldn’t be.
People who have taken this workshop report that they are able to:
- Get their thoughts organized quickly to get off to a fast start
- Use openings that guide the reader to their message
- Shorten and simplify their documents using five key editing techniques
- Know why documents follow the format they do and precisely how they are used
- Understand the technical writing requirements – quick comprehension, clear navigation, completeness and accuracy
- Use four main visual techniques to make their writing more inviting
After this workshop you will be able to:
- Understand the “Circle of Good Writing”
- Clarify your objectives
- Assess your audience
- Use the “Five Principles of Clarity”
- Write so clearly that your reader gets your message quickly and easily