How to Make Written Reports More Readable

Duration: 60 Minutes
Good writing is writing that is easily understood. Readability research has identified several features of language that, when incorporated into one's writing, not only improve comprehension but also shorten the text by up to 30%. However, the skills and knowledge required to achieve this improvement are generally not taught in school and are rarely acquired without prolonged, intensive training. This webinar will introduce participants to several of these features and show how they improve writing.
Written Communication, Writing Reports
Instructor: Thomas A Lang
Product ID: 501233
Objectives of the Presentation
The objectives of the webinar are to:
  • Introduce the four characteristics on which work-related written communication can be assessed
  • Explain several features of language proven to improve readability
  • Dispel several myths about what makes writing more readable
  • Show how writing can be shortened by up to 30%
  • Consider some visual features that improve how well tables and graphs are understood
  • Make the case that readability formulas do more harm than good
Why Should you Attend
People who want to write more effectively by making several simple and straight-forward changes in their writing.

Areas Covered
The webinar will show how several aspects of a text can be improved:
  • Words
  • Phrases
  • Sentences
  • Paragraphs
  • Headings
  • Numbers
  • Tables
  • Graphs
Who can Benefit
  • Any industry in which writing is an integral part of one's job
  • Anyone in any position who writes a great deal at work: managers, supervisors, professionals, researchers, technical writers, teachers, academics, secretaries, librarians, students, and sales people.
Topic Background
Beginning with the Plain English movement in the 1970s, research into written communication has identified several features of a text that improve or reduce readers' understanding of the text and its elements, such as words, sentences, paragraphs, and sections.
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Instructor Profile:
Tom Lang, MA, is an international consultant and trainer in medical communications. Formerly Manager of Medical Editing Services at the Cleveland Clinic, he has long been involved in developing reporting standards for evidence-based medicine, including the CONSORT and PRISMA groups. His books, How to Report Statistics in Medicine and How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences are standard references in medical writing. He has received teaching awards from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Statistical Association, and the University of Chicago. His master's degree is in Communications Management (focus on scientific publications) from the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
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