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COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable: Writing Clearly and Concisely


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When writing, it’s vital to be succinct, punchy, and to the point. Now, with people overwhelmed by coronavirus and trying to work from home (with the dogs and children!), it’s more crucial than ever.

If readers can’t quickly grasp what you’re trying to say, and why it matters, they’ll bail out and move deeper into their must-read backlog.

In this Network Virtual Roundtable, we’ll be joined by veteran journalist and writing instructor Charles Babington, who will show you and your communications team how to cut through the anxiety and crowded inboxes.

You’ll learn:

  • What weak/convoluted writing looks like
  • How to write with clarity, muscle, and energy
  • The most common writing mistakes comms pros make and how to avoid/fix them

Notes from the roundtable can be found here.


We’ve started a Coronavirus Crisis Comms Triage Kit — to share and crowdsource best practices, resources, and examples of effective crisis comms from foundations and nonprofits covering many of the tasks you’re likely attending to.



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