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Getting it ‘Write’

Course Summary

This course aims to provide the practical tools to ensure that written communications are of a high standard. We will consider what is involved in accurate and clear writing, including a focus on common errors in spelling and grammar, and the importance of plain English.

Introduction

Today’s business environments demand an ability to communicate effectively across a range of written communications, including emails, letters, reports and a wide range of other written communications that record or convey information to a third party. Written communications need to have clarity and accuracy, as well as following the conventions of grammar and spelling. Good communications enhance professional relationships and build reputations.

Topics

Why and what do we write?

  • Understanding the audience/needs and expectations
  • Identifying your key message(s)
  • Planning what you need to say

The five ‘C’ s of good written communication

  • Clarity, Conciseness, Courtesy, Completeness, Correctness
  • Presentation styles, using bullet points etc.
  • Plain English and the ‘fog index’
  • Proof reading your work

Get to the Point!

  • Avoiding unnecessary words and clichéd expressions
  • Keep it simple
  • Avoiding common errors in spelling

Get it Right!

  • Understanding punctuation
  • Common errors in the use of the apostrophe and other punctuation marks
  • A comma can change the meaning of a sentence

Effective Emails

  • Introductions and conclusions
  • Understanding the ‘written etiquette’ of emails
  • ‘Signposting’ key messages effectively

Write with Impact

  • Setting the right tone
  • Words that aid or abet meaning
  • Efficient but human communications!

Course Benefits

Key Learning Outcomes are:

  • Greater confidence in written communications
  • Awareness of a template for good communications
  • Understand the conventions of grammar and spelling
  • Raise awareness of common errors in written business English

Tutor Profile

Peter Le Cheminant is Guernsey born. He attended university in Winchester and developed his career as an English teacher over a 17 year period in the UK. Peter then returned to Guernsey in 1990 to take up a senior post at Les Beaucamps High School.

Peter has over thirty years of experience in teaching English and has an M.A. in English.

Peter became headteacher of the school in 1992 and steered the organisation through many changes as well as playing a major role in the Project Team that was responsible for building an award winning new campus.

After many years in a high-profile leadership position Peter left his post in August 2014 and since then has taken up a second career working as a learning and development consultant mainly in the local finance sector. Peter has developed the World of Work Academy for the GTA, a training course aimed at new starters in the workplace, helping them to bridge the gap between school/university and work.

Peter has a professional qualification in Executive Coaching from the University of the West of England and he can provide additional coaching for individuals if requested.

Course at a Glance

  • Next Start Date: 5 November 2020
  • CPD Points: 3.5
  • Course Cost: £195.00
  • Course Length: Half day (09:00-12:30)
  • Location: GTA University Centre, Guernsey
  • Tutor: Peter Le Cheminant

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