Plain language is an approach to writing that focuses on presenting information that is easy to read and understand. Not only is this concept important for internal communication within and between departments, it is particularly important when the writing is for individuals outside your organization. Unless the message in a document is clear, your reader may be confused and left with more questions than answers.
Whether you work on public documents, articles or web material, the foundational concepts of plain language are the same: understand your purpose and audience, choose the right words, design clear sentences and paragraphs, and format for accessibility.
This workshop will show you key strategies for talking to your reader using plain language.
Our blended format includes three components:
Pre-workshop Activities (approx. 90 minutes to complete): pre-reading materials
Workshop Activities (3-hour virtual session): practise and feedback of key concepts using coaching, scenarios and discussions
Post-workshop Activities (approx. 60 minutes to complete): proof-of-learning assignment with feedback provided by the instructor
Registration closes on May 3
This workshop focuses on...
targeting your reader’s needs to build rapport
avoiding bulky language and jargon that undermine your message
using plain language to create a personal connection with your reader
writing powerful sentences
controlling paragraph length and creating effective structure
formatting to make your information accessible
This workshop would be great for:
If you would like to have us provide this workshop privately to a group of staff within your organization, please click here.