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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.
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.
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.”
“Clear presentation – made fun, memorable and very relevant to everything I do”
“Comprehensive, interactive, interesting”
“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 take away from this.”
“Very knowledgeable and helpful trainer. She gave us excellent advice. I enjoyed the focus on writing clearly and succinctly.”
“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.”
“Today I had to draft an email to a client about a project proposal. I had felt this type of drafting comes easily to me, and so I thought to just experiment with Cathy’s suggested method for this simple email. I’m pleased to say that the partner didn’t have a single comment! Usually he’d find something to edit, however minor.”
“Cathy’s style of delivery kept me engaged and interested.”