Category: Training

Cut Wordiness - Part 2

Do you feel that your training Modlettes should contain all the information you have available? Are you scared that if you leave something out the learning will be incomplete? Are your sentences so long they have grown into paragraphs? We continue this series on editing your writing for learning. Wordiness slows readers down. They have […]

Getting Your Thoughts into Words - Part 2

Freewriting With freewriting, you start writing without quite knowing where your content will end up.  You write as fast as possible to uncover new ideas. The process usually works like this: Use a mindmap to record your ideas as fast as possible Find the essence of your content Revise your content to build on your […]

How to Own Your Training Programme

Hayley sighs. If only she had an extra hour in her day . . . She’d dedicate that extra hour to designing her own training programme. Hayley is an accountant, has always wanted to write a book or a training course on how to prepare your accounts for year end. Unfortunately she has too many […]

The Art of Finding Ideas

Every trainer who has ever lived has lusted after ideas to make their training engaging. Around the 1980’s we introduced classroom games like icebreakers. Now we are writing for eLearning we need new ideas to engage invisible learners. Where are these ideas, how do I get them, and how do we keep them coming? If […]

Write it, Don't Fight it

What if you could sit down and confidently write for learning? What if your inner critic let you express yourself freely? What if writing training programmes was fun and enjoyable? Do you struggle to get your ideas on screen or paper? Do you put off starting . . . procrastinating? When I first started writing […]

Know Yourself and Your Learners

Have you ever felt it was hard to finish a self-paced course? You are not alone. Keeping ourselves accountable might be easy for some, but hard for most of us. Think of your personal feelings in terms of how you write for others. Are you only writing for your own style or the style of […]

Do you Ration Your Passion in Your Writing for Learning?

What happens when you listen to a passionate speaker? Was their enthusiasm contagious? Passionate speakers use emotion to engage us as listeners.  We notice their excitement in their body language.  We hear their eagerness, their spirit, their fire in their voice. Passionate communicators are fascinating.  They create an intense focus in their words. We go […]

Using Impactful Words and Stories

Why do people prefer to use one training programme over another? They choose programmes with impact.  Programmes with impact have words that influence and stories that stick in people’s memories. In defining what I believe is a critical element of writing for learning, I’ll make my case by amending the well-known quote from Animal Farm […]

Writing for eLearning

How often do you feel confused when reading instructional content? Do you feel the writer is trying to convince you how smart they are? Are you impressed by their use of big words? Or frustrated because there is too much detail? How often is the answer to these questions yes? Want to be clear without […]

Do you get stuck when wanting to write an enticing introduction?

Think Like a Cartoonist to Grab Attention If you tell them about cars, they think of pumpkins If you talk to them about dinner, they think of steering wheels In short, they force-fit thoughts that may have a connection to each other. But what’s a cartoonist got to do with the opening lines of your […]

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