Technical writing

So many people do technical writing without any guidance or qualification. Take a couple of days to find out what you should be doing. What’s current industry best practice? If you communicate complex information, read on.

About the Technical Writing Course

Don’t be misled: “technical” doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a scientist or an IT guy. Technical writing is about transmitting the specialised knowledge from your field to anyone else — non-specialists, in other words.  Or, maybe you’re providing that information to other specialists who are busy and need you to give them quick updates, summaries, or new processes to follow.

This course provides you with tools to write about complex information in simple, clear, unambiguous (and maybe even engaging) ways!

Technical writing is for people in finance, IT, Health & Safety, insurance, medicine, aviation, and engineering.   And if you’re reading this, it’s probably for you.

Just pop your email address in here and I’ll send you a beautiful pack with everything you need to know.

What we’ll cover

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Plain language approaches — how to make your writing clear, simple, and understandable by a wide audience

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Reader-centric tools — understanding your readers’ needs, and structuring a document accordingly

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Editing and reviewing techniques—so you can make sure documents (written by you and others) are sharp, polished, and impressive every time!

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The requirements of technical writing

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Planning tools—how to separate thinking from writing so you use your time most efficiently

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Fit for purpose structure and tone—understanding the principles to make every technical document work for its context

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Formatting technical documents for reader ease

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Supported writing, using your own documents

FAQ

Things you’ll want to know.

This is really the full training package.

I pride myself on things running smoothly and making your life easier. Once you book with me, we take care of the rest of the process. All you need to do is tell me where and when to show up (and organise some food for your people if you want to).  I’ll do the rest.

Who’s the course for?

This course is for anyone working in a specialist field who wants to write clearly or technical people writing for non-technical people. I can cater to mixed needs within a group – no worries.

Where is the course held?

I come to you. So we can do this at your office or an external venue. Just let me know where and when to show up and I’m there! I’ll pass my travel costs on to your organisation (one night of accommodation for each training day outside of Hamilton, NZ).

How long is a full training day?

Usually we go from 9am to 4pm, but I’m happy to work around what works for your people. My only real need is that I can access the venue an hour before we start, so everything’s super-organised and impressive before your people arrive.

How many can attend?

Up to 12 people is ideal. I don’t mind if you only have 5 or 6. But once we get over 12 people, the course slows down, and time is too precious for your people to be twiddling their thumbs!

How many days is this course?

This course runs for 2 full days. That’s a significant chunk of time for your people to be out of action. You can run the days back to back, or separated by a week or two to make it work best for your business needs.

How much does it cost?

All my trainings are $8,000+gst per day for groups of up to 12 people. That’s how confident I am that you’ll get stunning results. That’s how much I know that more efficient writing is worth GOLD.

Just pop your email address in here and I’ll send you a beautiful pack with everything you need to know.

What people say

  • I found Shelly's course really helpful. The content and presentation is clear and insightful, and I am using the things I picked all the time in my day to day work.

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    Stuart Crosswell
    6/21/2021
  • We love Shelly! When looking for someone to help our company with our writing and communication skills, Shelly was recommended multiple times. We put our entire team through her coaching and we are now signing all our new starters up for her online Email Communications course to ensure everyone is communicating in the same consistent, clear and well structured way. She's great - highly recommended!

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    Liz Knight
    6/21/2021
  • Shelly Davies rocks your socks off.

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    Kawarau Ngaia
    6/19/2021
  • A day with Shelly is a day well spent

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    Scott Ebbett
    6/19/2021
  • Awesome and practical training, which left me with tools that I could apply immediately. Less waffle here I come!

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    Paul Evans
    6/19/2021
  • Extremely useful skills for day-to-day business writing. Can see marked improvement in efficiency already - in both my own work and that of others in the course. Hilarious presentation style that got everyone involved.

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    Hannah Liddell
    6/19/2021
  • Shelly is great. She makes the content interesting, easy to understand, and easy to put in to practice. Plain English is her thing!

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    Tania Nutira
    6/19/2021
  • Shelly’s style of teaching is like finding that book you’ve been waiting ages to read. You finally get it, read it, front to back and back again then BAM, can't wait for the sequel. Nga mini uni Shelly😉

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    Ferinica Foreman
    6/19/2021
  • Shelly is awesome at what she does and makes learning fun.

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    Aaron Botherway
    5/19/2021
  • Very engaging and interactive training. Learnt some very practical and handy tips for writing emails and reports. Recommended!

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    Atefeh P
    1/19/2021

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