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Improve your Writing Series – Avoid Nominalizations in your Proposals

Use active verbs for clarity and effectiveness

One of the best ways to improve your writing is to use active verbs instead of nominalizations. What is a nominalization, anyway? A nominalization is a verb converted into a noun. Nominalizations come in two forms: Those that have endings such as -ment, -tion, -sion, -ing, and -ance Those that link with verbs such as achieve, effect, give, have, make, reach, and take. For example, “The last step is the collection of data for the monthly report.” is longer and less clear than: “The Program Manager collects data for the monthly report.” Eliminating a nominalization often reveals passive voice and enables you to correct that as well. There is always a verb hidden inside a nominalization. Consider: Conclusion – conclude Demonstration – demonstrate Analysis – analyze Optimization – optimize Solution – solve Possession – possess Realization – realize Collection – collect Examples of verb linkage nominalizations and the hidden verb … Continue reading Improve your Writing Series – Avoid Nominalizations in your Proposals

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Learning about brain syncing with SMEs from Instructional Design

Three-part process for brain syncing with SMEs

Interviewing SMEs for course design has several parallels with interviewing SMEs for proposal content. Course designers and proposal writers are usually content neutral, and both designers and writers need enough expert information about a topic to clearly describe how a task will be/should be performed. Further, designers and writers often have limited access to experts, resulting in condensed and intense interactions. Given these similarities, it may come as no surprise that a course designer’s process and artifacts for interviewing SMEs align with proposal writing best practices. Information designer Connie Malamed’s three-part process for brain syncing with SMEs is a solid approach for anyone interviewing a SME for a proposal. Malamed’s three phases and key takeaways from each phase include: Phase 1: Prep Work Read ahead on background materials; gain a general understanding of the subject matter. Write out specific questions in advance and create a plan for the interview. Provide the SME … Continue reading Learning about brain syncing with SMEs from Instructional Design

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