The Clear Writing Workshop | JohnSturtevant

“This workshop will blow your mind as it inspires me to write better for my readers”

“John , you are amazing! Well worth the time invested as you gain insights..and bring home great communication concepts that enhance your writing”

“Extremely Valuable! Will fundamentally change the way we communicate with clients & colleagues and get things done more effectively”


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How It’s Different & Why It Works.

When we write in business, we typically want convince others to do something. The fact is, people read only what is of interest to them – whether it’s a marketing brochure, email, or report, or proposal. That’s why your writing needs to be active, relevant, and compelling to your reader. However, most business writing programs are passive & do not do this.

The Clear Writing Workshop is based on a highly-acclaimed business writing course John taught at Harvard Business School for first-year MBA candidates. John is flown into Singapore from the United States once a year to conduct this course.

Clear Writing is the result of Clear Thinking. This top-rated program provides an uncomplicated and yet profoundly effective methodology, (not found in any other business writing course today), that allows you to quickly shed ineffective writing habits and communicate significantly better across every conceivable platform of business communication – even in face-to-face communication. You will learn and practice insightful and practical methods for capturing your reader’s attention, and persuading people to actually take desired action toward your objectives.

Your Expert Trainer From the United States.

John Sturtevant

John Sturtevant

John has a 30-year career as an award-winning business writer. He also taught required core-curriculum business writing courses at Harvard Business School (HBS), and was Professor of Business Communication at The European School of Economics.

John has helped thousands of business people around the world learn to think analytically and communicate persuasively. He is a top-rated trainer for companies throughout the world.

High Praise. Every time. All The Time

Great content, great trainer and very practical . Highly recommended business writing course

S. Rohima

Director, Central Bank of Malaysia

Everything I learned in Clear Writing is practical and applicable immediately at work and in life

Lien C.Y

Global Marketing Manager, Fonterra Brands

Communications is crucial to success in any organisation. It can cost OR contribute billions to an organisation. This workshop is an important ingredient to success. Good Job John!

Wan Muhammed Afeel

Analyst, Malaysian Rating Corporation Berhad

If you want to write and communicate effect with clients and colleagues to get the job done righty, this workshop is for you!

Christine C

Sokutions Manager,

This Workshop teaches me to put my readers into perspective and organise my thoughts and ideas so readers will care and take action


Assistant Manager, UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd

Clear Writing helps you understand how to communicate effectively to the right person at the right time for maximum results

Noorbaya Y

Manager, Felda Global Ventures Holdings

Very informative program and provides clear guides that participants can apply immediately


Manager, Bank Negara Malaysia

Very insightful course! John uses his immense experience and expertise to relate to the topics and simplify them for us.

Wendy C

HR Director, LaSalle Investment Management

Clear Benefits

Unique Features

Gain a powerful and effective communications methodology that helps you discard tedious, time-consuming writing habits you’ve developed since childhood.

Obtain analytical thinking techniques developed at Harvard Business School that facilitate clear, reader-focused writing.

Ask probing, insightful questions that will uncover your reader’s perceptions, empowering your writing to speak directly to their needs

Gain active-listening skills to let you focus on how your readers interpret your words.

Learn of new ways to tap into your own experiences and perspective to develop a unique voice that appeals to your readers

Take back a structured & logical writing template so dynamic, you can apply your new writing skills right-away and communicate clearly & effectively to any audience, in any scenario


Key Benefits

Write with intention so your words don’t obscure your ideas.

Develop a compelling business story that will engage your readers

Use persuasive writing techniques to produce powerful proposals, reports, emails, and more.

Articulate complex information clearly and concisely.

Think analytically about your business benefits from your reader’s point of view.

Develop active listening skills to identify your audience’s motivation

Use professional-quality editing and revision techniques to strengthen your writing.

Read complex documents and recognize the highest value take-aways.

Boost your creativity and insight through brainstorming.

Identify and avoid common logical fallacies

Leverage on powerful email subject lines that get your reader’s attention

Know 7 proven ways to write proposals that sell

Gain PowerPoint essentials that will polish your presentation

Apply effective editing strategies to streamline your final documents

Know 10 pompous business words and phrases you should never use

Experience thought-provoking exercises that help you remember key writing techniques

Take home Multiple Intelligence strategies that let you tap into your reader’s learning style

Full 1 Day Training Agenda


Session 1 Clear Writing Essentials

The key to clear writing is to lose bad writing habits and embrace a new approach that focuses on the principles of Persuasive Writing. Participants read a business case study and begin the analytical thinking process.

Principles you’ll learn:

• How to read with purpose to uncover essential facts.

• Identify what is important and what to ignore.

• How to develop a clear, focused message for your reader

• The Clarity Principle. The single most important point in writing.

• Four ways to define a clear objective

– How to define expected outcome

• Identify four typical audience types

• How to write to each reader’s perspective


Session 2 Analytical Thinking

The most common mistake business people make is to begin writing without planning. In many companies, business focuses getting things done quickly, rather than getting things done effectively.

Unfortunately, this approach nearly always leads to poor communication & unproductive relationships between managers, staff, clients, and colleagues.

Workshop participants will learn how to examine their messages and topics, analyze options, choose a reader-focused strategy, organize their ideas, and communicate powerfully and persuasively.

You’ll learn to use these thinking tools:

• Plan, write, revise, edit – a 4-step process to help participants think clearly, organize their ideas, focus on their objectives, take less time writing.

• Analytical questions – 29 questions to help you look beyond the obvious.

• Brainstorming – Generate ideas and form logical connections.

• Outlining – Organize your ideas and structure a persuasive document.


Session 3 Analysis Exercises

Participants complete a series of exercises designed to help them examine a situation thoroughly, and ask insightful questions.

Techniques you will learn:

• A 4-step process that’s guaranteed to improve your efficiency.

• Why most writers struggle with writing—and how to avoid struggling.

• Ways to identify and answer your reader’s objections.

• How to tune into what every reader wants to know.

• Practical ways to uncover your real objectives for writing.

• How to keep your words from obscuring your ideas.

• How to address the 4 most common reader attitudes.

• Ways to avoid jargon, clichés and pompous language.

• How to motivate your reader through clear, persuasive writing.


Session 4

Practical On-Site Assignment

Participants will read a given assignment and accompanying article. They will analyze a given scenario, develop ideas, and produce an effective outline.

Session 5 Persuasive Writing

Participants learn the essential skills of persuasive writing. These skills help them plan, structure, and write documents that achieve their desired outcome.

Skills you will learn:

• Four ways to position yourself in the reader’s mind.

• How to write for your reader’s perspective.

• Strategies for communicating complex information clearly and concisely.

• How to develop your own business writing style.

• Persuasive techniques for developing powerful writing• How to create an effective opening statement, purpose, and compelling closing statement.

Argument structure

Participants will learn how to structure an argument, introduce facts, support claims, and make clear recommendations – all essential to persuasive business writing. Argument Exercise

Participants analyze a given business situation and structure an outline for an effective argument.

Techniques you will learn:

• How to identify key issues and problems to be resolved.

• The 5 most common mistakes writers make – & how to avoid them.

• The step-by-step process that guarantees a convincing presentation.

• Insightful questions to help them think and write analytically.



Session 6 Grammar & Mechanics

Now that participants understand how to plan their writing, they’ll learn how to create clear, persuasive ideas and eliminate embarrassing and costly writing mistakes.

Sentences & Paragraphs

The Sentence – People use them every day, but don’t know what they are.

The Paragraph – The document’s rhythm section.

Quantity vs. Quality – How to know when enough is enough.

Style – How to set the right tone for your audience and purpose.

Clarity – What’s clear for the writer is often confusing for the reader

Revision exercises

We’ll look at good and bad examples of style, structure, word choice, and clarity, and we’ll practice transforming confusing writing into clear writing.


Session 7 Analysis Exercises

Each participant will determine purpose, audience, and expected outcome, and write a persuasive document with a clear recommendation. John will walk you through the writing process and help you apply what you learned.

Session 8

Professional Critiques & Q&A

We’ll read the papers and talk about how each participant approached the assignment. Participants will reinforce their skills and help each other through peer critiques

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