Do any of the following statements apply to you? I missed out on learning English grammar. On occasions I am embarrassed that I know so little about English grammar, especially when my colleagues and friends know it well because they studied it at school in another country. My sentences sound right, but I want to know why. I once attended a writing course, but I struggled with the grammar terminology the presenter and the course notes used. I don’t always understand feedback on my writing or...
A core strength for all leaders is the capacity to embrace a learning mindset. Organisations need to encourage experimentation with different leadership skills and strategies; learning is continuous and emerges over time. A learning mindset can enable people to understand others perspectives, leading to ‘sensemaking’ and creativity. Leadership learning requires reflection derived from direct experience. In a practical sense, this learning mindset relates to how you might engage with your env...
While there are many ways in our modern time that governments can communicate with the public, being able to clearly articulate policy in a manner that is interesting and inspiring is still key to informing and engaging the community. Senior public sector representatives are regularly called on to present and promote plans, positions and programs. A well-written and delivered speech can not only be educational, but facilitate support and change perceptions. Yet, speechwriting is not somethin...
Define your purpose Your document must have a clearly defined purpose. In other words, what do you want your readers to do when they have read your document? Analyse your intended readers Your document must meet reader information needs. So before you write a single word, focus on your readers. How do you connect with your readers and show them what is in your document for them? Outline your content Select your topics, organise selected topics into categories, and sequence the categories. Wr...