Overview

Accurate and concise writing is key to successful communication at work. Increasingly high-pressured work environments often mean that emails, reports, summaries, and articles are completed at speed, but too often at the expense of accurate writing.

Proofing and editing your work is vital to ensure that it is accurate, understood and credible. Exercising good proofing and editing techniques across all your correspondences is crucial to guarantee that you communicate the exact message you intended. Spellcheck may be a useful basic tool, however, can’t be relied upon for every error.

By learning advanced skills and techniques to put into practice, proofing and editing your work can be an efficient and speedy process. Through workshops and practical exercises designed to support rapid learning, this course enables you to dramatically improve your written communication skills and return to work with a confidence in your proofing and editing abilities.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note this course uses Zoom to deliver the course.

Please see below past delegate testimonials:

“Susan is a really great teacher. On Zoom it can be hard to engage people but she really got all the attendees chatting and contributing throughout the day. The day was set out really well. I enjoyed the group tasks as it gave us lots of opportunity to practically apply what we were learning about, rather than just listening, or talking. 10/10 would recommend” – External Communications Officer, Leonard Cheshire

“I would really recommend the course. Sue is a fantastic trainer and the day passed by far too quickly. Lots of helpful resources to take away, also very impressed with the smooth transition to online learning. Thank you!” – Senior Events Officer, King’s College London

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Sue Calthorpe
Media & Communications Specialist

Susan works with organisations and individuals to improve their written communications skills.

She worked as a regional and national newspaper journalist before setting up a full-service communications company, now established for 30 years.

She works with public and private sector organisations to help with:

  • Effective emails
  • Report writing
  • Briefings and submissions
  • Persuasive and influential writing techniques
  • Promotional writing
  • Effective complaint handling
  • Communicating complex information for non-technical readers.

Her recent clients include Legal & General, HSBC, BRIT, the Law ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop effective skills to improve the way you proof and edit your professional work
  • How to spot common mistakes to improve the way you proof your work
  • Edit for style, length, consistency and credibility
  • Confidently use a range of editing techniques to create text that readers want to read
  • Recognise and overcome challenges to create coherent, effective and efficient copy
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
InHouse@moderngov.com

Agenda

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09:25 - 09:30

Registration

09:30 - 10:00

Ice Breaker and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Create Credible Copy

  • Learn how to ensure that copy covers all relevant information, yet remains concise
  • Understand how to adapt your editing to different audiences
  • Recognise and overcome challenges to creating coherent, effective and efficient copy
  • Learn from case studies and identify best practice in order to ensure improvement
10:45 - 11:30

Correct the Most Common Word Errors

  • Determine methods for correct language usage
  • Identify the causes of changes to the English language
  • Recognise the common mistakes and learn best practice to avoid future errors
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:15

Learn How to Correct Spellcheck and Overcome the Cupertino Effect

  • Test your current skill level with a proof reading exercise and implement practical remedies
  • Take part in a group discussion to determine common issues
  • How to use track changes effectively
  • Understand which proof reading marks are still in common use
  • Identify the importance of constructive feedback
12:15 - 12:45

Recognise Your Editing Limits

  • Learn the difference between proof reading and rewriting work
  • Determine how to be decisive without exceeding your remit
12:45 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 13:45

Reflection Session

  • Trainer will review the day’s learning and the next stages of the course
  • Delegates will have time to ask questions and share views with one another
13:45 - 16:00

Editing Workshop

Edit for Length

  • Practise separating ‘must know’ from ‘could know’ to create concise and readable copy to meet a deadline

Edit for Style

  • Recognise the different media for different styles of writing
  • Adapt source material for a variety of uses, from emails to blogs, and articles to reports

Edit for Consistency and Credibility

  • Identify how to create text that readers want to read, rather than copy that they feel obliged to read
  • Understand how to adapt your editing to different audiences
  • Practise by writing a compelling, concise text
16:00 - 16:15

Round Up and Key Takeaways

Pricing

Central Government & Agencies - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Local Government, Housing, Education & Health - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Charity - Virtual

Delegate Price
£345 + VAT

Private Sector - Virtual

Delegate Price
£445 + VAT

Testimonials

“I would really recommend the course. Sue is a fantastic trainer and the day passed by far too quickly. Lots of helpful resources to take away, also very impressed with the smooth transition to online learning. Thank you!”
Effective Proofing and Editing Skills Senior Events Officer, King’s College London
“Susan is a really great teacher. On Zoom it can be hard to engage people but she really got all the attendees chatting and contributing throughout the day. The day was set out really well. I enjoyed the group tasks as it gave us lots of opportunity to practically apply what we were learning about, rather than just listening, or talking. 10/10 would recommend”
Effective Proofing and Editing Skills External Communications Officer, Leonard Cheshire