Writing EVEN Much More Better

 

Some of you may have attended my webinar this summer about how to improve our writing as instructional designers. I’d like to follow up on a few of the items I covered in that training session in this blog. The main point I’d like to emphasize is that as IDs, we sometimes forget that we’re also creative writers. We need to have narration that is accurate, succinct, and engaging. Easier said than done, though. It takes time, effort, and patience to do this.

President Obama was one of the few presidents who utilized a poet laureate on a fairly regular basis. The President had an impromptu speech in which he wanted to include a poem. The poet laureate didn’t have much time to compose his poem. When he delivered it to the President, it was one full page of text. He apologized to the President and said, “I’m so sorry, but I didn’t have time to make it shorter.” I like this story because it emphasizes how important it is to review, condense, and perfect our writing. Here are some recommendations I have to help us “write much more better.”

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