EXECUTIVE CORE QUALIFICATION (ECQ) ESSAYS (3.5 hours)
ECQ essays demonstrate through narrative (story) the five strengths expected of all senior executives. This workshop is aimed at helping GS employees get started writing (or revising) ECQ essays to apply for an SES position (or even some senior GS positions). This 3.5 hour workshop will go beyond discussion of the ECQs and the essay structure. Participants will brainstorm a list of top accomplishments and work on mapping those to the ECQs and the 28 competencies. Develop content for your essays and discuss experiences and ideas with other participants. Open to federal employees only. We have helped numerous individuals reach their goals! Space is limited.
INTRODUCTION TO PLAIN LANGUAGE (1.5 hours)
What is Plain Language? What does the Plain Writing Act require of federal agencies? What about the private sector? Are there rules to follow or just best practices? This interactive workshop will cover the basic principles of clear communication tailored for a specific audience, purpose, and context. Participants will identify problems with and make revisions to brief examples. We will work our way through a "top 11" list of characteristics of un-plain writing.
GRAMMAR AND PUNCTUATION REVIEW (1.5 hours)
So...you don't remember those grammar rules you learned back in middle school? Grammar and punctuation mistakes can make a big (negative) statement. This course offers a look at some root causes to common trouble spots and practical tips for reaching readers with professional prose.