What Will I Learn?

  • How to write concise, purposeful messages.
  • How to identify pitfalls in your writing that kill clarity.
  • How to format a message to simplify reading.

Description

Do you write from the reader’s point of view or your own? Are your e-mails short? Is your point clear? One-third of today’s e-mails are responding to a previous e-mail that was unclear.

This workshop addresses pitfalls that trigger wordy, tedious writing. We guarantee it will improve your writing.

The workshop provides groundwork for clear, purposeful writing with a reader’s orientation. We offer writing strategies to accelerate your delivery by way of focusing your thinking. Workplace writing samples and exercises will sharpen your awareness of what stops you from being a good writer.

If you are a good writer, we humbly submit this workshop will make you a better one.

Walk Away With:

  • A copy of Strunk & White's "The Elements of Style" book along with a binder of professional writing material developed by the instructor.
  • More confidence and better writing skills
  • A Certificate of Completion from the College of Southern Idaho

Who Should Attend?

Individuals who struggle with writing a clear, purposeful message quickly.

Instructor Bio

Bill Kohler is a retired lecturer from the University of Illinois-Chicago College of Business (1998-2019). In addition, he has worked with Chicago businesses such as First Midwest Bank, the Radisson Hotel, and the Sara Lee Corporation teaching business writing skills to management and staff. Mr. Kohler has also taught managerial communications at Arthur Andersen’s English immersion program to their international managers, and business English in Russia, Japan, and China.

In 2000, Mr. Kohler was a visiting lecturer at the International University of Japan in their MBA program in Urasa, Japan and at Krasnoyarsk State University in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. He was a guest of the Chinese Government in December 2004 where he addressed business owners in Liaoyang Province about communication problems facing management.

 Mr. Kohler and his wife resided on campus at UIC as part of the campus housing “Faculty-in-Residence” program from 2007 to 2019. He received the Faculty-in-Residence of the Year Award from UIC’s campus housing in 2009, 2012 and 2019. In the spring of 2010, UIC’s graduating senior class awarded Kohler with the Silver Circle Award, the highest teaching award offered to an undergraduate professor. In 2011, the College of Business awarded him the Faculty Service Award for outstanding service to the university.

Prior to teaching at the university, Mr. Kohler worked for 20 years as a leasing specialist in R&D facilities to the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley, California, and Orlando, Florida. Later he moved to Chicago as Vice President of Business Development for VOA & Associates, a national architectural firm.

Kohler graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He and his wife reside in Fairfield, Idaho where he works as a writer and lecturer.