Those who can, do...
We earn our living by writing – Clearly Stated was born in 2004, and has developed documentation for companies in a wide range of sectors and for a diverse readership. (A list of some of the projects we have undertaken is available on our writing website – on the recent projects page – if you would like to see some details.)
We enjoy the challenge of learning about a new product, service or industry and distilling sometimes complex information into something that can be read and understood by others who need the information.
As this is still the major part of the business, we’re learning all the time – we’re not passing on yesterday’s best practice.
And those who can teach do that too...
You can be the best writer in the world, but that doesn’t mean you can pass that skill on to others.
I’ve been teaching others for most of my professional life. When I was nursing, an important part of my role was in teaching and supporting more junior members of staff to develop the practical skills they needed. As a technical author, I use that same knowledge-sharing model to help others improve their writing skills and achieve the desired result.
As well as many years of experience, I also bring relevant theoretical knowledge. I have a teaching qualification (a PGCCE from Nottingham University) that focused on teaching adults of all ages, and worked as an associate lecturer for the Open University from 2007 to 2015. In November 2012, I attended a 3-day ‘How To Be A Brain Friendly Trainer’ training course (accredited by ITOL) to refresh my training skills.
My experience, coupled with my passion for clear written communication, means that I can help you to improve your writing skills. I do this by sharing techniques that are relevant and can make a huge impact on the standard of your written communication.
I am very proud of my membership of two professional bodies:
I am a Fellow of the ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators), which is the professional association for technical communicators in the UK. This means my experience has been recognised by my peers.
To retain my status as a Fellow, I have to demonstrate my commitment to keep my knowledge and skills current by maintaining a record of my learning (continuous professional development or CPD).
I am also a Fellow of ITOL (Institute of Training and Occupational Learning), which is a professional association for those involved in training. Membership requires me to keep my skills up-to-date, and iTOL have accredited our writing skills training courses.
I joined Clearly Stated in July 2012. My particular area of expertise is in helping people who are not native English speakers to improve their communication skills.
With an MA in TESOL and years of experience working in China and the Middle East, I am best placed to deliver writing skills training to people who need to understand how the UK business culture differs from their own. I also have experience of working in a military environment, preparing non-native speakers for further training in English.
I am a Member of the ISTC (Institute of Scientific and Technical Communicators), which is the professional association for technical communicators in the UK. This means I have sufficient knowledge and experience to be accepted for this grade.
Our professional code of conduct states that I must update my knowledge and skills – this is not a problem as I love learning something new.
I am also a Fellow of ITOL (Institute of Training and Occupational Learning). I’m passionate about learning, and my courses are always very interactive, thought-provoking and fun.
I have some help...
Although we teach the majority of the courses ourselves, we work closely with other technical writers and copywriters who are also excellent teachers and trainers, and may arrange for courses to be delivered by a colleague if we feel his or her particular areas of expertise mean that you will get a better deal.