All of us are familiar with the blank page before us and the words ‘Respected Sir,’ waiting in eager anticipation for the flood of content to follow, as we sit there chewing the end of our pens with not a clue to what must follow. The blank screen has replaced the page and the pen has been overpowered by our well-chewed nails.
Our work environments demand frequent and quick, effective writing skills from us. There is no time to sit and stare, wondering what comes next. Whether it is an email for internal circulation, an all-important mail to a coveted client or a report to the senior, precision, clarity of meaning and exactness of style are what we long to achieve. Those blessed with this elusive skill are the people we secretly envy.
Templates and old drafts have been copied by many in the recent years, sometimes with disastrous results, and even otherwise, leaving us with a sense of dissatisfaction because we know that we have not said exactly what we meant. So what is needed is to understand where we are and how we could reach where we want to be. Nothing works like practice – practice writing and you will write better. So a series of a variety of writing will take us towards a better understanding of how we can improve our writing skills in the work place.
A lot has changed in professional writing – in fact, it has become easier. So:
- What is the relevance of writing in the workplace?
- What are the outdated styles of writing that we are still clinging to?
- What are the supposedly new styles that we have inadvertently introduced into our writing?
- What are the mechanics of writing that can help us churn out unbelievably effective writing?
- What should be our focus while writing emails, letters, reports, brochures and flyers?
These are some of the aspects we look to cover in our workshop on Developing Writing Skills. Various exercises, discussions of different types of writing done and redrafting of pieces of writing should start the mind ticking about effective writing skills.
Trainer: Ms. Malavika Nagarkar is a M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Essex, UK and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. She also has a P.G. Certificate in Teaching of English from C.I.E.F.L, Hyderabad (Distinction) and Certificate in Sanskrit from University of Mumbai (One year course). Her area of expertise lies in Communication Skills (Writing, Speaking, Inter-personal Skills, Speech, Diction and Speaking with Expression, Group Discussion techniques). She has conducted several training programs in companies for writing, speaking and presentation skills, personality development, etiquettes etc. She has also conducted many workshops in group discussion and interview techniques. She has rich teaching experience for Under-graduate and Post-graduate students (University of Mumbai); She is currently faculty at various management institutes teaching the M.M.S and PGDM Courses. She has been awarded the TCTP Award for study in the UK by British Council.