Plain Language Writing Techniques for Better Technical Communication



January 19, 2022 - 1:00 PM


January 19, 2022 - 2:00 PM

Plain Language Writing Techniques for Better Technical Communication

Wednesday, 19 January 2022; 1:00 to 2:00 PM Eastern time (GMT-5)

Convoluted writing stuffed with abstract nouns and verbs, run-on sentences, and nominalizations is one of the major culprits of costly communications failure. Such writing usually leads to unnecessary follow-up emails or phone calls and seriously degrades office and project productivity.

This webinar teaches how to cleanup your English prose through a series of elimination techniques. The webinar also teaches how to avoid some of the most common writing pitfalls that make unambiguous clear-headed communication impossible.

Thanks to the examples that accompany each topic, the students will be able to try their hands in applying the methods described and gain a lasting mastery of plain writing techniques that work.

You will learn such powerful plain writing techniques as:

  • Avoiding abstract nouns and verbs
  • Avoiding allusions
  • Using the active voice properly
  • How to use tables to help you communicate better
  • The benefits of eliminating the verb “to be” from your writing
  • Eliminating “unless”
  • Eliminating technical jargon
  • Eliminating ornaments
  • Eliminating redundant pairs
  • Eliminating phrasal verbs
  • Avoiding “IN phrases”
  • Eliminating “Necessary”

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