Using plain English: style
- Sentence and paragraph length
- Bullet points and enumerated lists
- Using the simplest words and expressions possible
- Avoiding unnecessary words and repetition
- Avoid jargon
- Using verbs instead of nouns
- Using active rather than passive style
- Explain new ideas clearly
- Use consistent naming of the same "things"
- Painless political correctness
- Constructing paragraphs
Using plain English: the mechanics
- Avoiding common vocabulary and spelling errors
- Punctuation and other language tips
In business, impressions are everything. And the impressions we make, and leave people with, via written communication, can make or break. The problem is that so many business people don't have the confidence they need to write cleanly and effectively for workplace purposes – and who can blame them? This stuff isn't taught at school, or at varsity. It comes with practice, on top of a fundamental skill set.
Happily, the dilemma ends here. This popular one-day business writing skills workshop is designed to teach you everything you need to know in order to be a confident writer: from style and tone, using tact and keeping it short, through simplicity and accuracy, to mastering the delicate arts of proof-reading and editing.
The workshop is hands-on, outcomes-based and highly interactive. Business writing ability isn't a nice-to-have skill; it's a corporate imperative. And if it isn't part of your professional toolbox at the moment, you need to develop it – fast.
Who should attend?
- Secretaries, personal assistants and any office professionals who are expected to write any documents at all, from emails to invitations
- CEOs and Managers who would like to communicate more effectively with their staff, colleagues and the public
- Businesspeople across all industries and at all levels, who would like to produce strong, clear and concise written messages and better overall communication
- Corporate communicators, PR people, content managers, editors, journalists, marketers, salespeople, entrepreneurs, creatives, civil servants
Our courses use interactive tools that allow learners to learn by doing.
The experience for learners is fun, rewarding, lasting and integrative, whilst employers are assured of a high return on investment in training.