Posts with tag: plain language

From Wordiness to Plain Language: Editing with Style

Presenter: Kathryn Dean
When readers are confronted with wordy and inflated prose, they can easily miss or misinterpret the author's message—or they may give up reading the document altogether. As editors, one of our tasks is to ensure that authors write with clarity and precision instead of wandering into verbal "swamps." In this two-part webinar, you'll learn how to identify and correct wordiness, repetition, inflated language, and weasel words. You'll also become familiar with the key components of plain language, good paragraphing, and bias-free writing.

Five Steps to Plain Language Success

Presenter: Kate Harrison Whiteside
Plain language is a process. The five key steps can ensure greater project success. We will look at the plain language big picture, then look at the little steps you can take to achieve success. You'll learn how to create an agreed definition for your purpose, develop audience appreciation, build in user-oriented writing and editing, integrate clear design and implement testing and evaluating. We'll also look at online and social media messages. You'll take away resources, ideas and set goals.

Integrating Plain Language into Your Services

Presenter: Kate Harrison Whiteside
Plain language is the best way to ensure your communication connects with clients. It is also a great service to offer your clients—internal and external. With all the information being sent out today, using a variety of media, everyone can benefit from concise, clear, outcome-oriented messages. Join us to find out how you can enhance your current skills with plain language practices.

Clearing the Fog: Plain Language Tips

Presenter: Frances Peck
This webinar introduces you to three reader-centred techniques and seven practical tips for making language plainer. After a quick look at what plain language is (and isn’t), we’ll discuss readers and how to shape documents to meet their needs. Then we’ll cover seven ways of revising language—such as using concrete terms, short sentences, and the ever-crucial verb—to make it easier to read. Along the way, we’ll examine real-life examples of how plain language can make even the most complex documents clear and easy to follow.