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Writing Skills for Trainers

Writing Skills for Trainers


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This self-study kit is designed for training professionals who want to write clear, concise, and professional training materials.  It shows you how to transform job-related knowledge and skill into written communication that is targeted to your audience.

  • Determine course content.
  • Tailor content to your target audience.
  • Structure job aids.
  • Structure instructional materials.
  • Apply proper writing techniques to your training materials.
  • Avoid common writing errors.
  • Adapt your personal writing style.

Determine Content

  • The 4 steps that build the foundation for writing.
  • A simple worksheet to use when determining the content.
  • How to avoid “reinventing the wheel” when determining content.
  • The questions and concerns you must address in every document.
  • The 5 things you need to know about your target audience.
  • The 3 principles of task analysis.
  • How to use task analysis as a basis for your writing.

Structure Materials

  • The 3 most common materials used to support training.
  • How to structure instructionally sound training materials.
  • The 4 critical questions to ask when writing training-related materials.
  • The 6 key job aid formats.
  • The best time to use each format.
  • How to design each format.
  • 19 guidelines for writing instructional material.
  • A comprehensive list of everything that should be included in a lesson plan.
  • How to make your training materials visually appealing.
  • 22 techniques to consider when determining page layout.

Write Content

  • A checklist of 10 key criteria to apply to every piece of content you write.
  • The 8 elements of speech you must know.
  • The 6 characteristics of every sentence.
  • How to write sentences that are short and simple.
  • How to identify and avoid the 5 most common writing errors.
  • Replace overly complicated words with short, simple alternatives.
  • How to make a sentence “active.”
  • Over 200 common action verbs.
  • How to write directions that are clear, concise, and reader-focused.
  • Transitional words to make your training materials flow smoothly.
  • How to watch for misused words that can undermine your credibility.
  • Major punctuation rules and how to use them.
  • 5 guidelines to becoming a better speller.
  • How to tailor your training materials to your target audience.

Adapt Style

  • How to polish your writing style.
  • A handy checklist of 15 criteria to consider while adapting your style.
  • 4 important tips to help you convey a clear, concise message.
  • How to avoid redundancies and replace them with simpler alternatives.
  • Common clichés and overused expressions to avoid.
  • Tips and guidelines to ensure your writing is inclusive.

All the worksheets, checklists, and forms in Microsoft® Word template format.  Simply download them from your personal My Langevin website.

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"After getting back to work, I incorporated several of the ideas presented on the workshop. My participant ratings went up markedly!"
John Hrones Jr. - Liberty Mutual
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