We know between the uncertainty of the world right now and budget constraints, training in person is often not possible. This page offers you flexible, cost–effective, and safe alternatives.
Our approach to online
Our online offerings are the best of what we’ve learned over decades of teaching in-person courses, redesigned for online learning. It’s the same well-honed content, but delivered to minimize the drawbacks and maximize the advantages of the platform. It’s not copied and pasted. We adapt the content to what you need and the type of online training you choose.
You can choose from several options
We deliver online content in three ways:
Live training—We offer all our workshops either online or in‐person, usually on Zoom. More.
These webinars are not your typical pale imitation of in-person workshops. We use rich visuals, before-and-after examples, breakout‐room exercises, group discussion, chat functions, polls, and as always, we customize the workshop to your writing and documents.
We deliver webinars in two or three-hour sessions, with time in between to apply the content. Participants learn deeply because they get a chance to master the skills before diving into the next round of content. (Note that you choose the rhythm that works best for your team.)
Self-paced online courses—This gives people flexibility about when they study and how much time it takes to complete the course. Our online Briefing Note Fundamentals course is an example. More.
This isn’t boring recorded classroom content. It’s focused, visually interesting, and varied in presentation. The content is dense, and there is no time-wasting fluff. You don’t need to take our word for it—try our free module to see what we mean.
Self-paced courses turn out to have tremendous advantages. Participants can learn and apply the principles in their own time, so it’s much more responsive to individual learning styles. We have also been able to include different kinds of exercises that we couldn’t include in a classroom.
Coaching—You can hire us to coach individual writers or work groups, focusing on skills or a specific document. These sessions are highly effective for resolving tricky problems with writers or their documents. You can find more information here.
Stay tuned for new self-paced online courses
We are currently developing a do-at-your-own-pace Plain Language Fundamentals online course. It will cover fundamental plain-language principles (and will align with the ISO standard that’s coming out soon).
We are also developing other short modules—Mastering Active and Passive Voice, Shaping the Right Tone, and Effective PowerPoint Presentations. Some of these online courses are also customizable using your own documents.
To see how we teach online
If you want to see how we teach online, check out the free module of our Briefing Note Fundamentals course or Youtube channel.