Are misplaced apostrophe's and fluffy, unclear writing making you look bad?
My writing workshops help people at all levels—graduates to middle managers to senior executives—write clearly and confidently.
NEW: all three available online via Zoom/Microsoft Teams
It's or its?
And how do you decide
where commas go?
In 3.5 hours, your team will learn (or refresh) critical writing skills:
how to use apostrophes
correctly (including its v it's and Chris' v Chris's)
where commas actually go (without thinking about breathing)
the difference between colons and semicolons (and the right punctuation with 'however')
when capital letters are needed (and not)
writing numbers and formatting bulleted lists
10 commonly mixed-up words (affect/effect, practise/practice)
all to current Australian writing guidelines.
How to write in plain English
Waffle, long sentences and confusing words are not cool.
For any audience.
This is a 2.5-hour refresher on the mechanics of clear writing:
write short, snappy sentences
choose simple words over long, complex ones
cut the waffle and get to the point (by avoiding wordy phrases, nominalisations and tautologies)
write negative messages positively
make your writing active and direct (instead of passive and clunky)
online tools to check your writing
write clear emails, reports, policies and memos that people want to read.
Email is an essential communication tool.
Many are poorly written and unprofessional.
A new 2.5-hour workshop on the nuts and bolts of modern email etiquette at work:
email purpose and structure
the subject line
greeting and sign off
language and tone
emojis, text speak and abbreviations
being brief, positive and polite
CC, BCC and ‘reply all’
government emails: FOI
overused words and phrases
common email mistakes.
Run one, two or all three workshops
Most clients run two workshops together as a full day of writing PD (with an hour for lunch in between).
Contact me for a chat about a workshop for your team.
Online delivery via Zoom/Teams welcome.
‘Jo’s workshop was so clear and simple in its approach.
What we learnt has made a big difference to our team’s approach to our business writing.’
Darwin Convention Centre
‘Helpful and (surprisingly!) enjoyable.
I've been making apostrophe errors for years.’
A senior NTG manager
on 'Punctuation unpacked'
‘We frequently run Jo’s workshops. They're suitable for all levels—we’ve run them for AO2 to executive level.
Writing is a skill needed at all levels, and these sessions have greatly lifted our written communication.’
DCIS, NT Government
‘I didn't think I needed this course but very glad I came.’
'Punctuation unpacked' participant
‘Staff are still referring to the workbook and using the tools and ideas Jo taught us months after the course.
In so many courses, it’s in one ear and out the other, but Jo’s content, methodology and delivery mean it actually makes a difference to the way we go about our work.’
NT Department of Sport and Recreation
‘Crikey, Jo, I've never seen ‘perfect’ used so frequently on feedback forms.’
NT Government HR director