Effective Training Associates

Writing Skills

From technical writing to writing assertive customer service emails, our writing skills courses build teams of effective communicators.

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Boosting Workplace Collaboration with Slack

Overview:

By attending this course, Boosting Workplace Collaboration with Slack, you can maximize the potential of Slack for collaboration within your organization. Slack breaks down communication barriers inside your organization by bringing teams and tools together around common goals, projects, and processes in channels and in Slack Connect. It removes the limits of physical walls, giving people the flexibility to do their best work where, when, and how they prefer.

This fun, hands-on workshop ensures your teams will get the most out of Slack, helping people perform at peak levels through clear communication and quality collaboration.

Key Topics: 

  • Creating and contributing to channels using prefixes, channel topics and more
  • Understanding the importance of clear and concise messages
  • Moving work (including files) out of siloed email inboxes and into Slack
  • Sharing files and conversations
  • Using search and shortcuts
  • Collaborating on projects and presentations
  • Collecting and responding to requests as a team
  • Running polls to capture ideas from teammates
  • Using screen sharing to solve problems collaboratively
  • Encouraging creativity and innovation in channel contributions

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Clear Business and Email Writing

OVERVIEW
Business Writing is critical because the average employee spends 28 percent of his or her day on email alone. Delivered to over 100 organizations and 1000s of participants, this lively workshop provides a practical approach for business writing and email. Participants learn by doing, the only legitimate way to improve writing skills.
 
PRE-WORK: Participants complete a questionnaire and submit a writing. The instructor reviews the sample and tailors course topics to emphasize and address the needs of each participant. The instructor provides feedback and suggestions for improvement of the writing samples.
 
KEY TOPICS:
  • Writing with your goal in mind
  • Providing details that the reader needs
  • Using a conclusion-first approach to get to the point
  • Persuading your audience
  • Applying revising techniques to achieve clarity
  • Trimming the fat from wordy writing
  • Formatting documents for easy scanning of information
  • Making your emails stand out and get things done at work
  • Avoiding misunderstandings by using proper writing etiquette

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Clear Policy, Process and Procedure Writing

OVERVIEW:
Learn an efficient and effective approach to creating organized, clear and concise policies, processes and procedures. The improved documentation will increase compliance and enable employees to produce predictable outcomes both safely and efficiently.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Target policies and procedures to project goal requirements and conditions and audience needs
  • Understand the differences in policy, process and procedure content
  • Organize content before writing
  • Cluster to cut writing time, categorize items and develop headings
  • Order your ideas for standardized policy or procedure layout
  • Use a checklist to ensure quality in documentation
  • Learn the best-practice formatting techniques for policies and procedures
  • Check for specific, concrete wording
  • Avoid evasive vocabulary, wordy phrases and corporate jargon
  • Review processes and procedures for clarity, usability and brevity
  • Use the imperative verb form for procedures to create direct, concise instructions
  • Apply 10 tips for writing easily understood policies and procedures

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Clear Technical Writing

OVERVIEW:
Improve clarity and conciseness of technical documentation by product managers, developers and quality engineers. Those who are not technical writers by profession have to meet the challenge of writing quality documentation – with time constraints and topic complexities. Furthermore, non-standardized writing formats and styles can create inconsistency and confusion. When using a standardized approach and applying best-practice writing techniques, employees can produce organized, consistent, clear and concise technical documents and save time.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Plan the purpose and scope of technical documents
  • Target content to the audience and purpose
  • Ensure completeness of content
  • Draft documents with speed
  • Begin in a way that engages the reader
  • Incorporate processes and procedures
  • Hit the right style for technical documents
  • Organize sections and paragraphs in a logical format
  • Highlight the most important information
  • Revise for clarity and brevity
  • Demystify writing using plain English
  • Eliminate jargon
  • Avoid the nine most common technical writing errors
  • Proofread for error-free writing

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Communicating with Confidence for Non-Native English Speakers

Overview:

This training program is designed to promote inclusiveness and provide training and coaching to support non-native speaking team members in organizations. It will help develop confidence and communication skills, in turn enabling team members to bring their value, experience, and expertise to leading and decision-making.

Objectives:

  • Gain confidence in written and verbal communication skills
  • Contribute confidently in meetings and discussions and to provide value in decision-making
  • Influence others and show leadership on projects and initiatives

Outline:

Week 1: Introduction and Goal Setting

Week 2: Clear Writing Skills: Audience, Format, Content, and Tone

Homework: Write an action-oriented email, persuasive email, and project update email using workshop techniques.

Week 3: Clear Writing Skills: Revising and Editing

Homework: Revise an assigned piece of writing for clarity and conciseness.

Week 4: Delivering Succinct Project Updates

Homework: Deliver a status update in a meeting or one-to-one using training structure.

 Week 5: Understanding Decision-Making and How to Contribute to High Quality Decisions

Homework: Facilitate a discussion and reach a decision in a meeting.

 Week 6: Influencing Others and Proposing System, Project, or Product Changes

Homework: Write a one-page proposal suggesting a change at work. Submit to instructor for coaching and feedback. Then submit.

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Customer Service Excellence in Email

OVERVIEW:
Ensure that customer-facing employees provide professional, top-notch service in their email writing. The objective of this training is to craft focused emails that are clear and concise and help to build and maintain positive relationships with clients.

KEY TOPICS:
  • Decide when to email versus call the customer
  • Write specific, meaningful subject lines
  • Start and close emails with the “human dimension”
  • Use the GRACE email format for excellent customer service
  • Articulate action items clearly
  • Achieve clarity and conciseness in writing
  • Create a respectful tone
  • Ensure completeness
  • Achieve proper email etiquette
  • Proofread for perfection

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Preparing Content for Powerful Presentations

OVERVIEW:
Preparing Content for Powerful Presentations will prepare individuals who want to improve their ability to get key messages across to management or their intended audience. By examining the differing perspectives of business-focused and technology-focused people, you’ll learn to focus your presentation on the results you want to achieve and condense it for effective communication to sponsors, executives and customers – those with the power to advance your project and your career. Participants will be able to practice on their own material.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:
  • Follow a process to prepare concise and effective presentations
  • Explore the differing perspectives of business managers and technology-focused audiences
  • Translate technical terminology into business benefits
  • Identify the desired outcome of the presentation in terms of audience response
  • Develop an effective strategy and presentation format to achieve goals
  • Condense content into a memorable message, appropriate to the level and interests of the audience
  • Focus on high-value information – recommendations, evaluations, breakthroughs and surprises – rather than simply doing a “data dump”
  • Develop an interest-building opening and a decisive closing
  • Organize and prepare presentation materials for lean and effective slides

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