Six Common Mistakes that even Good Writers Make (EDU288X)

Presented By: Rob Jenkins
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Improve Your Professional Writing by Eliminating Common Writing Errors

Fairly or not, people will judge you based on the way you write—and that’s especially true in a professional setting. A common complaint of employers is that employees’ poor writing skills often reflect badly on the organization. If you want your colleagues, supervisors and clients to regard you as intelligent, well-educated and competent, you must be able to use standard English effectively. Therefore, it is important that professionals who communicate frequently in writing and who wish to do so more effectively, while serving as better ambassadors for their organizations, avoid making common writing errors.

Surveys consistently show that employees lack in this area and employers are concerned with the way that deficiency reflects on the organization. Although improving your writing is the work of a lifetime, eliminating common writing mistakes will go a long way toward helping you become the communicator you want to be.

Join this session, where expert speaker Rob Jenkins will focus on eliminating the six common writing errors that even good writers make. With this session, you will learn how to eliminate run-on sentences and sentence fragments, write stronger sentences, avoid confusing modifiers, find just the right word, choose the correct pronoun and make sure subjects and verbs agree.

With this session, your writing (in emails, proposals, prospectuses, reports, etc.) will be clearer, more engaging, and more effective. You will appear to your readers to be more intelligent, more competent and better educated. This will naturally reflect positively, not only on you personally, but also on your organization – when someone is reading something you wrote, you are effectively at that moment the embodiment of that organization. Their impression of the organization will likely depend largely on their impression of you.

Session Highlights

With this session, you will learn:

  • How to identify and fix common sentence-level issues
  • How to write stronger, more effective sentences
  • How to place your modifiers so as to avoid confusion
  • Which word to choose in common situations (Less or fewer? Number or amount?)
  • Which pronoun to use in which situation (I or me? We or us? Who or whom?)
  • How to make sure subjects and verbs agree, even in complex sentences using parenthetical elements

Who Should Attend

  • Any professional at any level
  • Entry- to mid-level employees, who are finding themselves communicating in writing much more than they ever expected

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get a direct response from our extremely knowledgeable speaker.

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About Our Speaker(s)

Rob Jenkins
Rob Jenkins is a 32-year veteran of higher education, an award-winning faculty member who also served as a mid-level administrator (department chair, program director, and academic dean) for over 20 years. As a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and other publications, Rob has written extensively ... More info