Upcoming events

2017: 8th Annual ClearMark Awards Ceremony
How much would you enjoy a fun and inspiring night with your fellow plain language enthusiasts? Join us for the ClearMark Awards. View Banquet details and register

May 9 Workshop in DC  – Data’s Not Dull!  It Tells a Great Story
The author of The Wall Street Journal Guide to Information Graphics shows how to turn data into a compelling story, use graphics effectively, and avoid common pitfalls. View workshop details and register

Previous events

Read about some of the popular interactive workshops we’ve offered in the past and view their SlideShare presentations.

December 2, 2016: ClearMark Submissions Webinar
Interested in submitting work to this year’s ClearMark Awards? Want to make sure your application stands out — and has all the necessary information? The PDF has all the information you’ll need from the webinar.

May 10, 2016: 7th Annual ClearMark Awards Ceremony

Webinar – How to prepare your entry for the ClearMark Award competition December 3, 2015: Webinar slides

The 2016 ClearMark Awards are almost here. On December 3, 2015, the Center hosted a live webinar focusing on the ins and outs of preparing your ClearMark nominations.

Artful Critique: Giving Friendly Feedback That Really Helps (May 12, 2015)
Presenter: Chip Crane (Center Board Member) |  View the SlideShare presentation

You recognize confusing writing when you see it, but can you give constructive feedback on how to improve it? Learn strategies for critiquing the writing, not the writer. We will diagnose a document and discuss ways to phrase your feedback so it is well received and instructive.

Non-Obvious: The Art of Simplicity In Communications (May 12, 2015)
Rohit Bhargava (former Center Board member) | View the SlideShare presentation

You know communicating simply is smart, yet it can be hard to put simplicity into practice. Hear how consumer behavior is changing and what that means for the future of media consumption. Plus, learn five ways to change how you communicate to simplify your message. Rohit Bhargava shares insights from his Wall Street Journal best-selling book Non-Obvious.

Webinar – How to prepare your entry for the ClearMark Award competition (Dec 4, 2014)
The 2015 ClearMark Awards will be here before we know it. On December 4, 2014, the Center hosted a live webinar to cover the ins and outs of preparing your ClearMark nominations.

View the webinar on Youtube | View the SlideShare presentation

Plain Language: A Tool to Promote Health Literacy (Sept. 30, 2014)
Trainer: Karen Baker (Center Board member) | View on SlideShare

Take this interactive workshop to learn the many ways that plain language can help people understand health information and engage with the health care system. Understand who struggles with health literacy and why. (It can happen to any of us.) Learn how to use plain language techniques to promote understanding.

Plain Language Starts with Planning and Personas (Sept. 30, 2014)
Trainer: Ginny Redish | View on SlideShare

Communicating successfully doesn’t start with writing – it starts with planning. Learn new ways to state your purposes so you focus on what you want to achieve. Put your reader on your shoulder as you write. See the power of thinking of everything you write as a conversation.

You’ll leave with a Plain Language Planning Guide to share with colleagues and use with subject matter experts to focus their writing in new ways.

Plain Language Ends with Testing (Sept. 30, 2014)
Trainer: Susan Kleimann (Center Board member) | View on SlideShare

Few doubt the importance of testing documents. In this interactive workshop, explore how to plan for testing no matter what your budget.

Learn different techniques undefined focus groups, interviews, think-alouds, guerilla undefined and ways to recruit participants. Throughout the workshop, you’ll make decisions for an endless budget or a close-to-zero budget. And you’ll leave with a set of tools so you can test well and test often.

“So What?” – Principles of Writing to Show Impact (Sept. 30, 2014)
Trainer: Chip Crane (Center Board member) | View on SlideShare

“What’s the point here?” Readers need to understand the Why? of your document so they can really appreciate the What? Learning a few principles will help you make that elusive “So What?” undefined the impact undefined explicit in your workplace writing.

Whether a progress update for your supervisor, a brochure describing services, or an email about a new policy, making clear to readers why your information matters to them is vital to effective communication.