7 Written Communication Training Courses
NEW for 2013 No other business writing skills workshop gives you more…
Organisations and individuals establish their credibility with professional and well written communication. From planning to grammar, tone, …
Diploma Overview To help ensure your CV stands out and you get the job, our Business Text Processing Diploma is designed to teach you all th…
Course Outline Text processing, whether it's part of secretarial training or another discipline, is an integral part of business document pr…
This course is aimed at those seeking secretarial training in business letter layout to enable them to prove their excellence in document pr…
ProSeminar's Written Communication Skills Workshop provides an excellent opportunity for them to hone their skills, take stock of their curr…
Overview Course duration: 2 days.This two-day course provides delegates with immediate and practical guidance on how to communicate effectiv…
Let us help you choosing the right course
Not sure which course to pick? Please read on: Whether you love it or hate it, no one can escape having to write occasionally, be it for work or private ends. Essays, tenders, short stories, writing for the web, business writing, novels, reports, creative writing, there is plenty to choose from.
<!--stop--> That’s exactly the problem: how, in this vast supply, can you find your ideal course, the one that meets your wishes and needs? With this checklist, we can help you.
- First, think of what you want to learn
- Pitfall: don’t lose sight of your own needs
- Group size and make-up
- Do your research!
- Theory vs. practice
- Is the provider a match?
- Is a good bargain a pick-purse?
First, think of what you want to learn
It is easier to find what you are looking for if you know what you want. Immerse yourself in the subject and consider carefully which skills you want to acquire during the education programme, training programme or course.
Consider practical matters as well, such as location, budget, course type (Distance learning or E-learning?), the hours and the course level.
Pitfall: don’t lose sight of your own needs
A pitfall in searching for the right course in writing is the fact that many providers offer courses with different titles, but with an overlapping content. So think whether you really need a course in writing e-mails, or just a general writing course. Pay attention to the courses’ distinguishing feature. Prevent being bored at a course because it doesn’t fulfil your needs. Choose the course that really suits your needs.
Group size and make-up
The size of a group, with small groups having the benefit of personal attention and room for practice, is important, as is the make-up. Is the provider specialised in a specific target audience? Do they, for instance, mainly offer courses for journalists? If you need a course in creative writing or writing for the web, consider if this is the right place for you. Being on an equal level with your fellow students and having the same background can be very instructive. You will be able to learn from each other’s questions and mistakes and a discussion will be valuable and informative. The make-up of the group is therefore quite important.
Do your research!
Who will be teaching you? In other words, who are the instructors? You should research this. You can easily find out more about a teachers’ background on the internet. That way, you’ll know if you have a professional and experienced instructor.
Consider what is of importance to you. Perhaps you don’t mind an inexperienced instructor, but prefer someone who has experience as a writer/journalist. Or the other way round.
Theory vs. practice
Is the course theoretical or practice-based? Check in advance if there is plenty of time to practice. Learning to write well is mainly a matter of practicing. Mind that this is emphasised in the course. Is there room to write and then receive feedback on your writing? Are assignments supervised? Is there room for your own input? Moreover, is it possible to contact the trainer after the course has ended in case you have questions?
Is the provider a match?
If you are considering a provider, ask yourself what their vision and profile is and if it matches you. The provider has a look and feel for a reason. Are you more comfortable with a large and stylish provider, or do you prefer a small provider with more personalised interaction? Do they have a professional look, or is it creative? You should consider these matters. If you are looking for a course in creative writing, a provider with a warm and colourful look might be more suitable than one with a somewhat clinical and businesslike appearance. If you are looking for a course in business writing, you might succeed at a more conservative provider.
Is a good bargain a pick-purse?
Don’t be fooled by expensive courses. A highly priced course does not guarantee quality. Make use of the fact that there are a lot of writing courses on offer and carefully check out the course content. To get a complete picture, read the experiences of previous participants. If you have a clear picture of what and how you want to learn to write, it will be easier to deduct from others’ experiences if the course suits you.
Via Springest you can request brochures and information, and in that way contact the providers of courses and training programmes. We refer you to the information and tips in this article, and hope you will find a course that suits you.