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by another Cathy Wilcox
What’s it about?
This course hones delegates’ legal writing so that it is well planned, persuasive and makes the key points succinctly.
The course addresses the importance of focusing on your aim and the audience, and on planning before you start writing. It then introduces some important practical principles to improve your writing, and gives plenty of opportunity to practise these, alone and in groups. It can include training on the StyleWriter plain language software (see below) for organisations interested in bringing it in.
Who should attend?
This course is for you if you would like to:
- make your internal and external communications as reader-friendly as possible
- make your readers’ lives easier
- encourage your clients to use you again
- reduce time spent training people on new ideas or techniques
- reduce disputes caused by unclear writing
What does it cover?
- Aim and audience
- A four-stage approach to planning your writing
- Writing with impact:
- Avoid the passive.
- Write in short sentences.
- Don’t use a long word if a short one would do.
- Don’t use three words if one would do.
- Avoid (or explain) jargon.
- Don’t turn verbs into nouns.
- Optional practical training on the StyleWriter software (see below)
What is StyleWriter?
One issue with changing your writing style is how to apply what you’ve learnt once you’re back at your desk. It’s easy to slip into old habits. We recommend using StyleWriter, the plain language editing tool, as a way of reinforcing the principles of good business writing and legal drafting – find out more.
For organisations that want to take their written communications seriously, it’s the best way to ensure a consistent approach. We are happy to support businesses wanting to bring in a plain language policy.
What do others say about the course?
“The invaluable course content was delivered in an engaging and effective manner. Cathy is a world-class communicator. I highly recommend this training to all practitioners.” (In-house lawyer, sporting organisation)
“Clear presentation – made fun, memorable and very relevant to everything I do” (Law firm partner)
“Comprehensive, interactive, interesting” (Professional support lawyer)
“I will train myself to adopt a more concise (structured way of writing and to be more organised with it. This training is very interesting, fun, involving and [there are] very important lessons to be taken away from this.” (Associate, Abu Dhabi, following a one-day face-to-face course)
“Very knowledgeable and helpful trainer. She gave us excellent advice. I enjoyed the focus on writing clearly and succinctly.” (Trainee solicitor)
“I’ve had a lot of verbal feedback and all of the associates found the session very useful. A couple of them said they put the training into action the very same day and one even went away and redrafted a document they had done that morning.” (HR professional, Abu Dhabi office of an international firm following a video-conferenced training session)
“Cathy’s style of delivery kept me engaged and interested.” (Associate)