- Cost-effective writing skills (and other) training in manageable chunks.
- Intensive 90-minute sessions at your venue.
- Provide a space, a projector and a wall, and we’ll do the rest.
- $950 (+GST) for up to 20 participants.
- Call me for more information.
Fast Class 01: Principles of Effective Business Writing
New to business writing, or need a refresher? This 90-minute session examines the basics of good business writing: organising your thoughts; understanding your audience; writing for a response; writing clearly, simply and succinctly.
Fast Class 02: Punctuation
Punctuation is important, and it’s easy. This 90-minute session looks at trends in punctuation, some key rules, and a few myths. You’ll leave with all of the information you need to ensure your punctuation improves the quality of your writing.
Fast Class 03: Grammar
What is grammar? Why is it important? What are clauses, phrases, sentences? What are parts of speech? What is syntax? Who are the Grammar Police, and what can you do to stay clear of them? Back to basics for 90 minutes.
Fast Class 04: Sentences and Paragraphs
Know the difference between simple, compound and complex sentences? Know how to construct a readable paragraph around a topic sentence? This back-to-basics 90-minute session examines the art and craft of building a readable document, sentence by sentence, and paragraph by paragraph.
Fast Class 05: Writing Well – Clarity, Brevity, Simplicity, Humanity
Effective writers choose the right words, organise them into readable sentences, and organise those sentences into paragraphs that move the reader forward. So what are the right words? What does a good sentence look like? What does a good paragraph do? What techniques can you apply to be confident your writing will engage your reader?
Fast Class 06: Proofreading and Editing
Good writers don’t write – they rewrite. This 90-minute session examines three levels of editing – proofreading, copy editing and structural editing. You’ll leave with a good understanding of what you can do to ensure your final draft satisfies the needs and expectations of your readers.
Fast Class 07: Making Meetings Work
Fed up with unproductive meetings? This session – for Chairs, minute takers and members – looks at how you can stop the frustration and the waste. Roles, productive behaviours and practices, agendas and meeting reports. And all in 90 minutes.
Fast Class 08: Minutes of Meetings
Not sure how to take notes in a meeting? Need advice on turning your notes into effective minutes? Unsure about forms of expression to use in minutes? This 90-minute session will help you write accurate and readable minutes, confidently and quickly.
Fast Class 09: Report Writing
Want to improve the content, structure and readability of your written reports? This session examines the characteristics of effective management reports. It looks at techniques for writing clearly, concisely, persuasively, and with your audience in mind.
Fast Class 10: Marketing and Sales Writing
What response do you want from your readers, and how do you get it? What can you do to attract your readers’ attention, maintain their interest, create desire, and close the sale? This 90-minute session looks at the basics of how to write to persuade.
Fast Class 11: Writing for the Web
Your website is your shop window. You use it to generate enquiries, strengthen your relationships, build your brand. This 90-minute session examines the basics of writing for the web: what works, what doesn’t, and why?
Fast Class 12: Writing for Social Media
Why would you use social media in a professional context? How do you want your readers to respond? What can you do to get the response/s you want? What works, what doesn’t, and why?
Fast Class 13: Business Cases
What makes a persuasive business case? How do you start, how do you build an argument, how do you make it suitable for its audience, and how do you know when to stop? The basics in 90 minutes.
Fast Class 14: Speech Writing
An introduction to speech writing. The session looks at how to inform, influence and entertain in a speech. Strategies for starting strong, finishing strong, and emphasising a central idea. The basics in 90 minutes.
Fast Class 15: Procrastinate? Me?
Do you sometimes risk undermining your professional reputation, ambitions or goals by putting off tasks you know you shouldn’t? This session looks at recent research into procrastination and will help you identify personal triggers for this behaviour. Better yet, it will help you develop some effective responses. All in 90 minutes.
Fast Class 16: Mind Mapping
What is mind mapping? Who uses it and why? This session examines how mind mapping techniques can help you generate ideas, organise information, scope projects, manage complex writing tasks, take notes, and more.
Fast Class 17: Email
Most business communication is by email. This 90-minute session looks at how to be efficient, professional, considerate and clear. Email Etiquette 101.