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Write Better, Speak Better

Organizing, expressing and presenting your ideas clearly and effectively – verbally and in writing - is a critical skill for professionals in every sector. Today, more than ever, print and electronic messages need to stand out from an overwhelming amount of information that audiences are exposed to daily. Written correspondence and presentations need to be concise, to-the-point and, most importantly, engaging.  Professionals with strong writing and verbal skills will excel in the workplace.

Dates: October 20-21, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: 688 Sherbrooke West
Fee: $745


This workshop introduces participants to fundamental theories and practices of communication in today’s demanding and ever-changing workplace. It is designed to help participants develop stronger written, verbal and presentation skills.

Participants are expected to play a key role by engaging in group and individual activities and discussions that will strengthen their written and verbal skills. The workshop will be complemented by informative videos, case studies and helpful writing/editing web visits. The facilitator will also share some of his own real-life communication experiences -- successes as well as failures -- for added learning value.

Who Should Attend

Professionals who wish to upgrade their written, verbal and/or presentation skills.


Upon completion of this hands-on workshop, participants will:

  • Improve written and verbal communication skills.
  • Apply a simple formula that will guarantee communication success.
  • Learn how to use valuable block writing letter techniques
  • Craft informative and persuasive documents that readers will appreciate.
  • Become tougher editors of their own work.
  • Use e-mail communication more effectively
  • Prepare and deliver attention-getting presentations
  • Become active vs. passive listeners
  • Use easy-to-learn mnemonic techniques to remember names, content information and numbers.
  • Speak more confidently in public

Topics Covered

  • The benefits of speaking and writing better
  • Written and verbal communication
  • Active listening skills
  • Presentation creation and delivery skills
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Time Management Skills


Brendan Walsh has 30 years’ writing and editing experience and is the recipient of several awards for communications excellence. He is first and foremost a skilled lecturer, writer and creative strategist. His diverse business writing background includes Internal communication, direct marketing, advertising, promotion, public relations, web marketing, broadcast, speech writing, and change management communications. He is also well versed in magazine and newsletter writing as well as script writing for television and film. Currently, he works as a freelance writer and is a frequent lecturer in Business Writing Basics, Communications & Networking Skills, Public Relations, Internal Communications and Communications Planning at McGill University.

Brendan holds an MA in Counselling Psychology and certifications as a Change Management practitioner and Adult Literacy tutor.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing to pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
Receive a full refund if your cancellation request is received up to 14 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
Receive a refund minus $100 cancellation fee if your cancellation request is received up to 7 days prior to the start date of the workshop.
No Refunds are issued if your cancellation request is received within 7 days of the start date of the workshop, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted.
Please note that if no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd [dot] conted [at] mcgill [dot] ca