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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.

Free – The Gregg Reference Manual, a $60 value.  This well-organized and easy-to-use manual is considered to be one of the best resources for anyone who wants to master the art of writing and editing.  It is THE authoritative reference for all aspects of business writing.

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

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