This course will teach participants to be self-assured internal and external workplace communicators. Capitalizing on the link between critical thinking and careful writing that can be understood on first reading, they will learn to avoid jargon and unintentional phrasing that can exclude the audience. They will come to appreciate the value of strong, active verbs and correct grammar, and develop a professional tone without personal biases and emotional leanings. To enhance their powers of persuasion, participants will learn to include the three types of evidence: facts, values and logic. Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will be able to organize, write and revise documents via proven processes by taking "AIM" (audience, intent, message). Participants will also gain enough confidence to take on the leadership role of editing and revising others' work. Lecturing will be kept to a minimum in favor of realistic individual and group writing exercises on relevant topics, bolstered by constant peer review and class discussions.
This is part of the Communication Skills Certificate Program but you do not need to enroll in the program to take this workshop.
Dave Griffiths offers training in writing, presentation/briefing skills and media relations. Drawing on 27 years in journalism, Dave teaches seminars at federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses. His classes feature exercises on clear writing keyed to relevant topics, group work, peer review and meticulous editing, as well as the link between critical thinking and writing and speaking. He designed a course called "Communicating Complex Issues Clearly" for the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs and taught it at 15 VA medical centers and other facilities.
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