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Writing and Presentation Skills for Professionals

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Course Fee:

    Available at no cost to eligible individuals (see criteria below).

  • Start Date(s): Next course starts 7 March 2023
  • Duration: 7 March - 4 April 2023, Tuesdays 10 am - 4 pm for five weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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  • Entry Requirements:
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Please note: This course is delivered through the Enterprising Ashfield project, which is funded by the Government's Towns Fund. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is pleased to offer free (fully funded) places on this course to support individuals and employees of businesses that are based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

The standard fee would normally be £395.

On this course, you'll learn how to win over your audience with the right words. It's ideal for anyone that would like to write more confidently, instead of fearing it!

It’s equally useful if you’re regularly writing reports, creating pitches and presentations or project briefs, and would like to develop your writing and presentation skills to influence others.

What you’ll study

This course is designed to help you communicate effectively.

It provides an enjoyable and supportive environment to explore projection, pace, tone and body language, developing the skills to be an effective presenter.

You’ll also gain an understanding of how to write important or technical information in a way that can be read by a diverse range of stakeholders and audiences.

During this course you will:

  • learn how to get started writing and presenting confidently
  • find your voice whilst considering the importance of different audiences and their varying needs
  • explore vocal training and drama techniques for presentations
  • practice speaking and writing in the correct tone, balancing professionalism with personality
  • understand how to get your audience’s attention to get the message across
  • plan how to best structure your writing to make the biggest impact
  • identify the use of jargon, acronyms, abbreviations, and initials
  • discover how to use illustrations effectively
  • work on your timing and targeting your audience
  • develop strategies for overcoming common presentation problems
  • gain feedback on your writing style.

The course is delivered through workshops and group discussions, classroom activities and real-life examples.

What will you gain?

By the end of the course, you'll have a piece of writing in development and the skills to continue writing effectively in the future.

You’ll have useful tips on breath control, pace, tone and projection and have the confidence to stand up and present when public speaking.

You’ll also receive a certificate of attendance when you complete the course, which is a great way to enhance your CV.

How you’re taught

In-person from the Summit Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

Contact hours

Tuesdays 10 am - 4 pm for five weeks

Tutor profile: Becky Cullen

Becky teaches and manages at Nottingham Trent University.

She has delivered leadership training courses for managers.

She’s particularly skilled in giving feedback; her delegates achieve a great deal in a short time, surprising themselves with the level and range of their writing.

Becky was Poet-in-Residence at Newstead Abbey, and she has published two books of poetry. She is the presenter of Notts TV Book Club: Notts TV Book Club - Notts TV News | The heart of Nottingham news coverage for Notts TV.

Here's what our previous attendees said

"Thank you, I enjoyed the course! I wanted to improve my knowledge, skills and techniques and I've taken away a greater knowledge and application of writing reports and tailoring writing to the audience." - CH

"I wanted to do this course because it was held by NTU and free, and I wanted help in my business. I've taken away inspiration from doing the course and enjoyed the group talks." - NS

"I enjoyed being creative and free with writing. I developed my writing skills for work purposes so I can now use actionable words, add structure to my writing and learnt how to use emotion in writing." - CP

"Rebecca is amazing and I highly recommend her as a tutor. I enjoyed the group discussions and improved my writing skills - I've learnt how to write to my audience." - MS

"Enjoyed all of it and taken away lots; persuasive / informative styles and writing for a variety of different audiences, and improved my writing skills, and been introduced to bid writing." - CP

Entry requirements

No previous writing experience or presentation skills are required to access this course.

To be eligible for a place, you must live or work in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield.

Fees and funding

This course is available at no cost to eligible participants.

How to apply

Click to here apply.

If you have any questions about this course, you can email or call us at +44 (0)115 848 2813.

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