Writing well can boost your career prospects
Writing well helps you stand out from the crowd – your bosses and clients will appreciate writing that is clear, easy to read and that has an impact. People who can communicate well in writing are in high demand.
Completing Writing well at work satisfies the training requirements to become an authorised PlainLanguagePro document certifier at the BRONZE level.
Think-write’s internet based training course, Writing well at work, can help you learn to write documents that are easy to read, get to the point fast and achieve purpose.
Course content at the bottom of this page. (Do I already know the material in the course?)
Too often bright, capable, enthusiastic workers are let down by poor writing skills. Writing well at work is designed to lift writing skills. Very few people receive guidance about writing well during formal education – Writing well at work fills that gap. (Who should do this course?)
A full days worth of training is packaged into 2-8 minute chunks. Writing well at work can be studied whenever you have a few spare moments – on the bus, between meetings, etc. You’ll have a full twelve months access but you should easily complete the course within a few weeks, giving you ample opportunity to check back from time to time and refresh your knowledge.
(Will I be bored?)
At just A$165, Writing well at work is exceptional value for money (Why is it so cheap?). The course fee is fully refundable if you become a PlainLanguagePro certifier. Don’t think the low price means a lesser product – the content is identical to the complete face to face classroom course that organisations pay thousands for. In fact, there is a little bit extra in the online course.
Writing well at work topics
- What makes documents ‘better’.
Functional documents must achieve purpose
- The importance, act and role of writing.
How writing is connected to the thinking process.
- Defining purpose.
A clear purpose is essential for good writing. It also provides the basis for evaluation.
- Understanding your audience.
Having the needs of your reader (user) in mind. The entire course is presented from a ‘user first’ perspective.
- Defining the key message.
What is the single most important idea to convey.
- Developing content.
Discovering the content required to meet users needs; and what can be left out.
- Organising and structuring.
What is the best way to organise the content? Organising for different purposes.
- Chunking information.
Paragraphing and summarising.
- Headings and how to use them.
Using talking headings rather than bucket headings to aid scanability.
- Importance of plain language.
How plain language improves document performance.
- Word choice.
Preferring simpler, shorter words over more complex alternatives.
- Using the active voice.
Writing more directly and improving the clarity of sentences.
- Verbs not nouns.
Using a style to make content accessible and less bureaucratic.
- Trimming the word count.
Finding and destroying the flab in writing.
- Sentence structure.
Keeping sentences simple but interesting.
- Getting people to read your work
Injecting some passion into your writing.
- Reviewing documents.
Adding value to other peoples’ work.
Discovering what to improve in a document.
- Putting it all together