In Plain English Business Writing Workshops for Print and Electronic Media
Custom Training Workshops for your employees
What In Plain English® offers:
Our custom-tailored Plain English writing training workshops are designed to:
Reduce writing time
Eliminate writing stress
Make writing more accurate and effective
Teach your employees to write in plain language for printed and electronic media
In Plain English® customizes each workshop to your organization's specific needs.
Our Approach and Methods
In Plain English® talks with you, examines how your employees work, and analyzes writing samples of your staff to identify writing problems. In Plain English® custom designs the workshop and materials to solve your employees problems.
In Plain English® combines lectures, small group work, and one-on-one coaching to provide an intensive and productive learning environment.
Students receive a workbook with examples of writing problems derived from their own work (names and specific references changed), from within their own organizational unit, and within specific industry settings. Upon completion of the course, students receive a Certificate of Completion.
In Plain English® works with both supervisors and employees to make sure that improvements in writing style and skill are both encouraged and reinforced from above and below. Your editors, writers, managers, and clerical personnel will learn to speak and write with one voice.
To enhance the clarity and effectiveness of internal and external communication
To improve the competence and confidence of your employees who need to write
To reduce the anxiety that many feel about writing and editing
To help employees write better sentences, paragraphs, and reports
To help them accomplish the print and electronic writing projects that are part of their job
To help them clearly communicate with their various audiences
To give your employees a refresher course in grammar and style
In a typical 1-day session, In Plain English® presents a broad range of materials and limited one-to-one coaching. Here is a typical list of topics covered in our seminars:
Defining the target audience
Targeting the message for the medium
Pruning the intro clutter
Using fewer words more powerfully
Using the active voice
Using a friendly tone
Using plain English
Refining sentences and paragraphs
Writing letters, memos, reports, e-mails and web-site
Writing for the reader
Using charts and graphs
Tips and techniques
Punctuation without fear
10-minute "grammar breaks"
The In Plain English® 2 day workshop offers more one-to-one coaching and more interaction. In Plain English® reviews the writing produced during the training session, "grades" it, and meets with participants in individual conferences.
The In Plain English® 2 day workshop also offers more opportunity to customize the program to the specific needs of your organization. In Plain English® has more time for guest speakers on topics relevant to your industry--for example, regulators from your industry may be invited to talk about compliance issues and legal limits that can affect participant's letters and reports.
Custom tailored seminars
In Plain English® works with your employees and supervisors to see what they need to write. We analyze their writing samples to identify problem areas. We develop our Plain English course to meet your specific goals and problems. We provide a workbook and a certificate upon completion for each participant.
Contact us for more information and the cost to create an In Plain English® writing workshop to meet your employees needs and your company's style.
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