How to Write Faster at Work
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How to Write Faster at Work

Need to write articles, blog posts, marketing materials, social media updates, memos and more? Get it all done faster!
4.6 (46 ratings)
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 11 Articles
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Better understand yourself as a writer so you do your best work more quickly.
  • Learn what you can do before, as, and after you write to speed yourself up.
  • Put tricks that all professional writers use to work for you.
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Requirements
  • This is not a remedial writing or grammar course. This is all about making the writing process faster.
Description

Need to write a lot of great content at work, and fast? In this course, you'll get more than a dozen strategies that I've used to author two full-length books, blog five days a week, create a weekly e-newsletter, and teach 50 webinars and workshops a year, most with bonus handouts. People assume we have a huge staff of writers -- but it's just one other person and me. We consistently churn out great content that people love, and you can too! Just follow the system shared in this course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has to produce a lot of written content at work, and who feels like they can't produce it all fast enough.
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 21 Lectures Collapse All 21 Lectures 01:09:38
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Welcome!
1 Lecture 00:32

A brief welcome letter . . .

Getting Started
00:32
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Know Your Writing Style
2 Lectures 08:01

If you want to write faster, it helps to know what slows you down!

Preview 02:49

What are your good habits and bad habits when it comes to writing? Know yourself so you can maximize the good and minimize the bad. I share my own list, to give you some ideas for yours.

Knowing Your "Getting Ready to Write" Habits
05:12
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Before You Write
5 Lectures 21:53

Quick overview of the "Before You Write" section.

Before You Write: The Overview
01:22

Fast writers are often sponges who collect information and save and categorize it so they can find and use it later. Listening also helps you be more responsive and relevant to the world around you.

Listening to the World Around You -- and Saving What You Hear
10:54

Mind mapping is a great way to organize your thoughts before you write. In this video, I show you the mind map I created before developing this course.

Mind Mapping or Outlining
03:53

In this video, I share how we use both a spreadsheet and a regular calendar format to produce our company's editorial calendar.

WHICH FORMAT? Do you prefer to see topics, assignments, channels, and dates at a glance in a spreadsheet layout, or do you prefer to organize this same information on a calendar? Both can work equally well, but your viewing preference will help decide which tool to use.

If you prefer spreadsheets, the simple solution is a shared Google Docs spreadsheet. Use a new tab for each month or quarter. If you want to upgrade to a tool with more project management features, but still in a spreadsheet framework, consider something like Smartsheet.

If you prefer a calendar view, set up several within one account (e.g. one for each communications channel). This allows you to layer the calendars on top of each other so you can see everything at once, while using the color of each calendar to identify the channel.

WHAT GOES WHERE? You can organize an editorial calendar in several ways.

By Channel. Create a separate editorial calendar for each major communications channel that requires a significant amount of content, such as your newsletter or blog. You can also create an editorial calendar to note when you'll post new content to Facebook or Twitter.

By Audience. You can also organize editorial calendars by audience. If you have multiple, distinct audiences (e.g., teachers, parents, and students) and you want to ensure that you communicate with them regularly, you might create a calendar for each audience with your channels down the side and your time frames across the top. If you have several groups of people who you're trying to reach out to and you're concerned that your communications may unconsciously favor one group or other, this method will help you find the right balance.

By Program. You can also organize editorial calendars by program if you have several different programs and you want to make sure that you are spending an appropriate amount of time communicating about each one. Just as with the audience-oriented calendar, you can list your program across the top, dates down the side, and fill in the blocks with channels and specifics about the content you’ll deliver there.

Using an Editorial Calendar
04:02

Repurposing saves you tons of time and helps you stay on message.

Preview 01:42
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As You Write
8 Lectures 21:28

Get a quick overview of the "As You Write" section.

As You Write: The Overview
01:27

Getting Comfortable So There Are No Excuses
02:15

You'll write so much faster if you are very clear about who you are writing for. This video explains some ways to narrow that down and really understand your reader.

Knowing Who You Are Writing For
06:32

This worksheet will help you create a persona -- a description of the person you are writing for.

Persona Worksheet
2 pages


Twenty Different Formats to Try When You Are Stuck
04:32

It's one of the simplest but most effective tips I have ever used to speed up the writing process: using a timer for specific writing and editing tasks!

Preview 03:29

Stuck? Go to your creative genie! This article explains where you might find him or her.

Know Where to Find Your Creative Genie
01:47
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After You Write
4 Lectures 14:08
After You Write: The Overview
01:12

Actually drafting the content is only half the battle. Editing can take just as long or longer! In this video, I share some strategies for getting through the editing process more efficiently.

Tips for the Editing Process
05:13

Writing too much? Not clear and concise? This list will help you tighten up your writing.

Preview 01:49

It's the last step! Get some tips on that final copyediting and proofreading stage, especially when you have to do it yourself on your own writing.

Editing and Proofreading Your Own Copy
05:53
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Wrap Up
1 Lecture 00:21
Thank You and Good Luck!
00:21
About the Instructor
Kivi  Leroux Miller
4.6 Average rating
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586 Students
1 Course
President of Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com

Kivi Leroux Miller is president of Nonprofit Marketing Guide.com, a certified executive coach, and author of two books on nonprofit marketing and fundraising: “The Nonprofit Marketing Guide" and "Content Marketing for Nonprofits." She is a popular trainer and adviser to nonprofit marketing and fundraising professionals, executive directors, and boards, presenting more than 50 webinars, in-person workshops, and keynotes each year. Kivi also writes a top-ranked blog on nonprofit communications.