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Why do my employees need writing training

You will immediately see the benefits of investing in a Business Skills Writing Course.

A clear and confident style that uses plain English always reflects well on an organisation’s image.

Very few of us ever receive formal work-based writing training — and frequently the writing styles we used at school or university aren’t appropriate in an office environment.

The lack of guidance in this area undermines confidence in a professional setting.

Samantha Cooper

Insecurity over writing proficiency, inevitably leads to mistakes — and this, in turn, can create a negative impression.

Compare the very different impressions these two sentences create. The first is the original, from a council’s letter to one of their local residents:

I can advise you that the submission of a planning application would not be required for the installation of this satellite antenna.

You will not need to apply for planning permission to install your satellite dish.

Because most people find writing business letters trying, they end up writing in a stiff, overly formal tone, using official sounding terms and phrases, which creates an alienating impression. We’re sure you’ll agree that the original above scowls at the addressee, whereas the second smiles.

When writing business reports, a similar thing happens and writers end up producing reports that are difficult to read. Sometimes report writing is made more complicated than it needs to be because the writer includes too much information, or information that is not structured logically.

Unclear writing creates confusion, leading to more enquires for clarification, errors, misunderstanding and complaints. All of these consume valuable company time.

In a few easy-to-learn steps, we can show your employees how to write quickly, naturally and fluently. Moreover, as at least 50% of our course training material is built around the participants letters and reports, the content is directly relevant to their business writing needs.

The benefits of investing in writing training

As the above example illustrates, a plain English style is much easier to write and immediately creates a more helpful impression of the writer and their organisation.

Companies who do invest in training see the benefits when this confidence in writing is put into practice. Time is not wasted in the writing process or in clearing up confusion created by unclear documents.

We guarantee that if your employees apply the plain language guidelines to their work documents, your organisation will:

  • Save time, effort and money
  • Develop more effective and efficient work practices
  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Enjoy a better public image
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The Write Way's business, letter and report writing courses

Our business writing training helps writers to:

  • Select the appropriate style and tone for the topic and reader
  • Produce natural and fluent text quickly and easily
  • Write in a way that creates a positive impression
  • Avoid common mistakes to produce accurate, clear documents
  • Use reader friendly words and phrases

Further details on our business writing skills courses

We run a wide range of professional English writing courses for all types of organisations and companies to help individuals and teams produce clear, accurate and effective documents that create a good impression. The principles we cover can be applied to writing all document types: business letters; business and technical reports; audit reports; e-mails; and procedures and instructions etc.

E-mail us with a sample document, and we’ll return it with comments and plain English suggestions, showing how we can help you to write documents that will smile rather than scowl at readers.

Our lead writing trainers have over 20 years’ experience in running in-house writing programmes and in coaching individuals in one-to-one workshops. We guarantee that the participants will benefit from our presentations and the practice sessions. We make sure that our courses are interactive, hands-on and enjoyable. Please see our feedback to read the positive comments our participants have made over the years.

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Plain English writing courses

Writing in Plain English
Writing Effective Audit Reports
Writing Plain Legal Documents

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Professional and Business English Writing Courses

How To Write Professional Letters
Writing Effective Reports
Writing Clear Procedures and End-User Manuals

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On-line Business Writing Collaboration

We Can Work On Your Documents With You Online

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Other work-Related Writing Courses

Grammar Course for Accurate Writing
Train Your Trainers
International Business English
One-to-one Writing Consultations

Why Choose Us To Lead Your Writing Training Programmes

Our lead writing trainers have over 28 years’ experience in training individuals to communicate in writing efficiently and effectively. We make sure that our courses are interactive, hands-on and enjoyable. Please see our feedback to read the positive comments our participants have made over the years.

Writing courses tailored to your company’s needs

Because no two companies or individuals are the same, we tailor each writing course to meet the particular writing needs of your organisation and we build our courses around your own documents.

Individual feedback

We provide a brief assessment of each participant’s writing style and produce exercises based on their work. We ask you to send us at least two documents from each participant in Word format two weeks before the course date. We then structure some of the workshop around these documents to create rewriting exercises.

General information on our business writing skills training days

Most of our writing training days start at 9.30am and we take breaks at approximately 90-minute intervals and we always agree on the lunch break duration in case participants have to reply to e-mails or make work phone calls. In the morning sessions, we present the areas that frequently block clear communication in business writing and participants then work on short extracts, identifying the barriers to clarity and rectifying them.

In the afternoon sessions, we focus on the participants’ own documents, highlighting and correcting the “writing taboos” and after tea, we break out into small groups to re-write a larger piece. We then share each version of the edit, checking that each group has applied the principles of plain English that we covered in the morning session. And there may be prizes if the participants succeed in removing and avoiding  the “taboos”

In-company Writing Training

Our trainers can come to your offices to deliver the training.  We ask you to provide a U-shaped room with desks, a digital projector, flipchart and refreshments.

Free writing guidelines

We provide easy-to-follow ‘clear writing guidelines’ as part of the course material.

Small group writing training

We can organise courses for any size group, up to a maximum of 12 participants on any course. This ensures that we can give equal attention to all, offer feedback and answer questions.

Interactive writing training

Our writing workshops are all built on interesting presentation and ‘hands-on’ practice. The style is informal and our trainers encourage participation with practical and group work.

How much we charge for our writing skills training

Our courses usually run over one or two days. On the two-day programme, participants are able to work on their own letters and reports and on company documents in more depth.

In-company, the fee depends on the group size; we would be pleased to give you a quotation by e-mail or telephone. For customised, one-to-one writing training, the daily rate is £650.

Follow-up after your writing course

We offer an optional tailor-made follow-up service to deal with any new documents your employees may produce after the training. We can do this electronically, inserting comments and suggestions into their newly produced letters or reports.

One-to-one writing consultations

We can work with you on a one-to-one basis at your premises to show you how to create an appropriate written tone in your leaflets, brochures, standard letters and templates, instruction manuals and procedures etc. For this service, we charge an hourly rate, plus our writer’s travel expenses if we come to your offices. Please Contact us for further details.

To book a writing course or to find out how we can help you make your documents clear and concise, please Contact us.

If you are not sure whether an investment in writing training would improve the image that your organisation creates in letters, e-mails and reports, send us some of your templates as Word documents and we will be pleased to return them with comments and sample plain English edits, free of charge.

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