Proofreading & Editing Techniques for Executives & Managers

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Taking your writing for granted can result in errors occurring, which can be pretty embarrassing. Learn how to exercise care through proofreading and editing.

Course Code/ID: CRS-N-0041476

Writing is so much a part of our work life that we often take it for granted, but when not properly done, it can reflect negatively on us and our organisations. Many of our writing errors can be remedied if we exercise greater care in our writing process, particularly in reviewing and revising our writing. This course will equip participants with the tools and skills to do just that.

After the workshop, you will be able to:

  • improve your writing and others’
  • ensure that everything you write is easy to read, concise and consistent
  • make your writing mistake-free
  • project a more professional image

Outline

  • Introduction – Workshop Objectives
    – Share your writing challenges: types of writing you need to do, when you need to vet someone else’s writing
  • Understanding the Communication Process
    – Communication as a cyclical process
    – Communication exists in an environment
    – Communication is made up of Vocal, Visual and Verbal
    – Limitations of writing as a means of communication
    – Developing a Voice & Tone to compensate
  • Understanding the Writing Process
    – Writing involves 3 components: Invent, Compose, Revise
  • The Importance of Review & Revision
    – The importance of reviewing
    – Review – organisation of ideas, structure, coherence, flow
    – Proofread – spelling, punctuation, grammar, vocabulary
    – Vetting checklist
  • What to Look Out For: Structure & Style
    – Types of writing: e-mails to public, letters informing public, reports & proposal, minutes of the meeting
    – Structure & Style for different types of writing
    – Practice: how to structure different types of writing and correct the Voice & Tone of different types of writing
  • What to Look Out For: Principles of Clear Writing
    – How to write good sentences
       * 7 things a sentence needs to be
       * 4 ways to achieve that
       * 2 ways to soften tone
    – Paragraphing & linking words
    – What to look out for in Grammar
       * Tenses and their uses
       * Prepositions and their pitfalls
    – Vocabulary
       * Positive words and phrases
    – Practice: exercises for participants to practise principles learnt
  • Reflection & Application

Who should attend?

Managers, supervisors and executives who are seeking to improve on their proofreading and editing skills.

Methodology

Participants are guided through practical steps of the topic with a combination of theory with both group and individual practice sessions, role-plays, and personalised coaching from the trainer. Review of both group and individual work will be done in class so that participants can understand how to improve his/her own writing as well as learn from the challenges fellow participants face.

Trainer

Mrs Christine Leow is a passionate and dynamic trainer with nearly two decades of experience in the media industry who specialises in oral and written communication, public presentation, interview skills, and managing the media. Some of her clients include National Junior College, Hwa Chong Institute, Singapore of the Arts Singapore (SOTA), Republic of Singapore Navy, Land Transport Authority, National Environment Agency, Ministry of Education, and Maritime Port Authority.

She is currently a writer with clients that include Centre for Governance, Institutions and Organisations; NTUC; SingHealth; Science Centre Singapore; OOH Media; OKTO; Channel NewsAsia; CapitaLand; The Ascott Limited; The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands; the ArtScience Museum; and Singapore Tourism Board.

Having spent her entire career writing for various platforms and varied genres, Christine has developed strategies to adapt her writing for different audience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language from the National University of Singapore.

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