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Training courses


Organisations rarely think twice about training their public speakers
but rarely think at all about training their public writers.


YOUR CHALLENGE: In today’s world, knowledge is the currency of success. What feeds that knowledge is information, and the single most effective method of transforming information into knowledge is through reading. And yet few staff receive training in how to effectively put that information in writing.

OUR SERVICE: We run training modules for organisations that are interested in honing their in-house writing, editing or proofreading skills. We can use our generic training materials or create new content specifically for you using your own documents. Either way, all courses can be delivered on your premises. For those who prefer to learn at their own pace, we also provide generic or tailored distance-learning packs.

Whether you opt for course or pack, choose any one or combination of our modules from the lists below. All our training is designed to be informative and fun. And, in all cases we can provide free follow-on support for a limited period.


THE BENEFITS: Cost-effective, in-house writing skills.

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COURSE / PACK 1 – Document writing

Charts etc

Modules under this heading include:
1. Effective writing – creating the right content, structure, language and tone for your audience.
2. Plain English – writing to communicate not complicate.
3. Statistics and numbers – presenting and describing data accurately.
4. In-house style guides – professionalising your documents with a corporate makeover
5. Editing and proofreading tips
6. Grammar and punctuation refresher

COURSE / PACK 2 – Plain English


The contents of this single module include:
1. What plain English is and why it matters
2. Why, when and how to apply its principles:
Principle 1: short sentences
Principle 2: active vs passive voice
Principle 3: hidden verbs
Principle 4: no redundant words
Principle 5: no clichés or business-speak
Principle 6: using lists
Principle 7: being friendly
All our examples are taken from actual publications.

COURSE 3 – Editing & proofreading

Translation editing, copy-editing and proofreading

Modules under this heading include:
1. The role of the copy-editor/proofreader
2. Common typographical errors and omissions
3. Common grammatical and writing errors
4. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses
5. Proofreading symbols and how to use them
6. When to intervene and when to raise queries
7. Grammar refresher (option to specify further)
8. Punctuation refresher (option to specify further)
9. Plain English refresher
10. Tips, techniques and growing in confidence


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