Many people, in all industries and from all walks of life and educational backgrounds, wish they could write more quickly and effectively in the workplace, whether they work on lengthy reports and proposals or short letters and emails.

Organizations struggle with maintaining a level of consistency and professionalism in the written documents they produce, with various consequences that can range from “oh well” to “oh no.”

As a business consultant for close to a decade prior to becoming an editor and writer, Lana understands the demands that workplace writers face. She combines that understanding with her writing and editing experience by offering business writing workshops.

While Lana is happy to develop a custom workshop to meet clients’ specific needs, one of her existing workshops might fit the bill with little to no adaptation required:

Effective Business Writing (2- and 3-hour versions)

This workshop introduces participants to a new way of approaching the writing process so they can reach the intended audience and achieve writing objectives in a more confident and satisfying way. It will illustrate how writers can better organize and phrase their ideas so they are clear and concise, and it will shine the light on common writing pitfalls to avoid in grammar, spelling, punctuation, and usage—without getting tangled up in academic grammatical jargon. A few hands-on exercises allow participants to practise some of the points covered. Participants will come away with techniques they can use on the job to continually improve their writing practices and performance.

Clients for whom Lana has delivered this workshop include:

  • Community Social Services Employers’ Association (2015)
  • Atira Women’s Resource Society (2015)
  • Manulife (2013)
  • Vancouver Coastal Health Authority (2012)

Writing Winning Reports (12 hours)

This workshop contains most of the content offered in the Effective Business Writing course (see above), but delves deeper into each concept and offers more intensive group exercises that require participants to work through a case study and analyze the audience and purpose of a hypothetical report, identify an effective structure, work through a three-stage revision process, and assess an executive summary.

Since 2008, Lana has delivered this course eight times in cities throughout Canada for MNP, one of the largest accounting, tax, and consulting firms in the country.

Writing an Effective Professional Bio (1.5 hours)

Initially developed for the Ch’Nook Aboriginal Management Program at UBC Sauder School of Business, this course introduces the characteristics and components of effective professional biographies (bios). Participants are given the in-class opportunity to apply concepts in their own draft bio.

Lana has been delivering this seminar annually to AMP students since 2014.

Contact Lana to discuss your training needs.