Writing in plain English

Writing in plain English
To enrol into this course please navigate to the Upcoming courses page on the IPAA NSW website and search to see if the course is available. If there are no available courses please contact the IPAA NSW Learning team on 02 8066 1900 or email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au

This course is also available for in-house delivery. For more information please contact the Learning team on 02 8066 1900 or email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au for a quote.

Course Overview


  • Gain confidence in making a document easier to read
  • Apply a step-by-step guide to writing clear and effective documents for work purposes.

This workshop helps participants to write in a reader friendly way so their readers will actually read their documents. Participants learn field tested methods that will help them write complicated ideas in a clear and easy style. They develop a process to use so they can get that document off their desks quickly. The course looks at how to take the clutter out of language and off the page. Participants work through practical examples where they see the difference writing plainly makes. They are given lots of opportunities to practise their new skills and compare them with model versions.


Learning Outcomes


  • Know the characteristics of plain English
  • Have a variety of options for making their sentences shorter
  • Have lots of ordinary words to use in the place of those technical words that people just do not understand
  • Have two ways to avoid using acronyms
  • Use simple modern formatting techniques to make the page look clear and easy to read
  • Know how to avoid passive voice, if they need to
  • Know how to get their key message across quickly.

Benefits to your organisation

  • Documents produced will be more equitable because more people will be able to understand them
  • Greater efficiency as clients will be less likely to ring to have documents explained to them

Benefits to you

  • Greater confidence about how to make any document easier to read without sacrificing rigour and accuracy
  • Sense of satisfaction in writing in a way that is likely to be read and understood


Enquiries: For more information on our learning programs, please contact the IPAA NSW Learning Team on 02 8066 1900 or email learning@nsw.ipaa.org.au.
 

Terms and Conditions
Payments

Payment must be made either in full online at the time of confirming purchase or 14 days from the date of the invoice.
Payment is required prior to attending the event or course. 

Cancellation policy - Events
  • Cancellation must be in writing
  • Cancellation received more than 10 business days prior to the event running — no penalty will be incurred
  • Cancellation received within 5–10 business days prior to the event running — 50% of the event fee will be payable
  • Cancellation received within 1–5 business days prior to the event running — 100% of the event fee will be payable.
Cancellation policy - Scheduled Courses
  • Cancellation must be in writing
  • Cancellation received more than 10 business days prior to the course start date — no penalty will be incurred
  • Cancellation received within 7–10 business days prior to the event running — 50% of the event fee will be payable
  • Cancellation received within 1–6 business days prior to the event running — 100% of the event fee will be payable.
Cancellation policy - Self-paced Courses
  • Cancellations are not permitted.

Note: If you do not cancel and do not attend, 100% of the event fee must be paid.

Transfer policy - Events
  • All requests for transfers must be in writing
  • Substitute nominees may attend in your place where deemed appropriate; however, if a member wishes to substitute a non-member in their place the full fee will be payable.
Transfer policy - Scheduled Courses
  • All requests for transfers must be in writing
  • Your course registration can be transferred to another course without penalty if requested more than 10 business days prior to the course start date. Otherwise, the above cancellation policy applies. Transfers can only be requested when the course fee has been paid in full
  • Transferring your registration to another person can be done at any time without penalty, provided that nominee details are provided within a minimum of 2 business days before course/event start date; however, if a member wishes to substitute a non-member in their place the full fee will be payable.
Transfer policy - Self-paced Courses 
  • Transfers to another course are not allowed for self-paced courses.
Penalties may be waived in exceptional circumstances, work commitments do not count as exceptional circumstances.

Program Changes

IPAA NSW reserves the right to change programs/speakers/venue, or to cancel programs if the enrollment criteria are not met or when conditions beyond our control prevail. All registrants will be notified in the event of cancellation and their registration will be refunded. 


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