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Stop the “email you’re it” game
98% of all professionals use what we call the “Rambling Rose” writing process – where people ramble as they type in the hope that something will get done. The result is that they inundate the reader with background information, include too much detail, or not enough of the relevant details! They hide key points within paragraphs of explanation and use ambiguous closings that leave the reader guessing about any action to take.
Ninety-eight percent of all professionals use what we call the “Rambling Rose” writing process – where people ramble as they type in the hope that something will get done. The result is that they inundate the reader with background information, include too much detail, or not enough of the relevant details! They hide key points within paragraphs of explanation and use ambiguous closings that leave the reader guessing about any action to take. We change this.
This popular seminar improves productivity by teaching participants to use writing as a powerful tool for getting things done. Participants learn to solve problems, meet important deadlines and keep projects on target by Writing to Get Things Done. Productivity soars when people clearly communicate what needs to get done, why, and when. As organizations create a critical mass of people writing to get things done—things get done!
Students will improve their on-the-job writing skills – writing clear, easy-to-read emails, letters, memorandum, meeting minutes, procedures, trip reports, and technical reports. They will learn how to write quickly and effectively, saving time for themselves and their readers. They will impress others with their ability to get to the point quickly, clearly, and concisely!
This course is for everyone who needs to meet important deadlines and keep projects on target. WGTD is a must for architects, attorneys, analysts, engineers, contract specialists, and senior managerial and professional staff whose job requires effective written and email communications.
One to three days. Participants are amazed at how easy it is to make dramatic improvements as they rewrite their pre-seminar writing samples during the second day.
The skills/concepts provided in this program teach people to present their ideas clearly in
all government communications, regardless of length or medium, including emails, letters, memos, reports, technical documentation, voice messages, and verbal presentations.
Participants will learn how to:
- Clarify thoughts before writing.
- Separate the readers’ needs from the writer’s needs.
- Use the inverted-pyramid principle of organization.
- Use a listing paragraph format to highlight key ideas.
- Make the organization apparent with multiple-level headings
- Use the language of getting things done vs. business speak.
- Develop a professional tone that encourages cooperation.
- Use our three models of organization for all government writing.
- Write technical information to non-technical people.
- Organize the document in a logical, sequential manner
- Edit for correct grammar usage.
During the past 35 years, we have taught WGTD to tens of thousands of corporate and government employees. Since 2006, we have taught a two-day seminar to over 1,700 United States Navy architects, attorneys, analysts, engineers, contract specialists, and professional and managerial staff in more than 100 classes at 33 U.S. Navy bases and learning centers around the world.
Writing to Get Things Done is a learning and development process, not a training event. It consists of the following elements:
These four parts ensure mastery of Writing to Get Things Done:
- Pre-seminar Analysis: Each participant submits an email, letter, memoranda, meeting minutes, or technical report for my critique. We suggest ways to highlight key ideas and simplify the organizational style. This analysis and feedback prepares participants with specific writing skills to work on and simplifies the transfer of learning.
- Seminar Session: The focus is on improving participants’ actual on-the-job writing skills. They are amazed at how quick and easy it is to rewrite their pre-seminar writing sample using my feedback as a guide.
- Follow-up Support: For up to 12 months after the seminar, participants are invited to send unlimited number of writing samples by fax or e-mail to me for comments and suggestions. Phone call consultations are encouraged.
- Post-Seminar Support: In keeping with our commitment to offer a learning and development process, not a training event, we offer a number of value-added resources and opportunities to assist seminar participants to become better writers.
Upon course completion, participants are encouraged to:
- Execute their 30-day Work Plan near the back of their WGTD workbook.
- Share weekly feedback with their learning buddy.
- Keep their WGTD Skill Card near their computer for easy reference.
- Reinforce their learning by taking Module One of the online Writing to Get Things Done course.
- Strengthen their understanding from our monthly Writing Tips articles.
- Assess their knowledge by taking our Free Writing Assessments.
- Send us post-seminar writing samples for feedback.