Advanced writing skills for IR

This intensive half-day course will help you ensure that you are getting the maximum positive effect from your daily written work. Intended for experienced IR practitioners, the course outlines the writing skills and competencies required for effective communication, and uses practical examples to identify the pitfalls to avoid.

During this unprecedented time this course will be taking place online. From the 1st April will wil be offering 'early bird' prices on all our courses, further information can be seen here. Please contact Jessica Hyett if you have any questions.

What will I gain?

  • A clear understanding of how to write effectively for IR
  • An assessment of your own writing skills based on analysis of real examples
  • The ability to understand effective messaging
  • An awareness of the best words to use and the ones to avoid

"A very refreshing look at how to write with more clarity and a reminder of pitfalls to avoid."

"Found balance of practical and theoretical discussions good."

"Well pitched, useful real life applications."

Course tutor: Jon Harris

Jon’s unique background means that he is ideally suited to helping professionals develop their writing skills. Jon is a Cambridge English graduate, a qualified teacher of adults and an Associate Tutor at Goldsmiths University, where he teaches management at BA and MA level, giving him a deep understanding of the challenges and requirements for effective business writing. He has been commissioned by several IR teams to assist in writing critical communications at times of significant change and has lots of experience helping businesses frame and couch language for both internal and external communications. He has delivered writing skills training for the IR Society for several years and has also trained special-interest professional groups in writing skills, including banks, regulators and government departments. Jon is also a qualified business psychologist and a chartered management accountant. 


  • Welcome, introduction, objectives and quiz
  • 10 Principles for getting your message scross
  • How to select the best words and avoid the worst ones – Exercise 1
  • How to select the best words and avoid the worst ones – Exercise 2
  • Moving with the times – how to keep pace with changing language in a variety of media
  • Analysing your own material
  • Summary and evaluation
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Course level

Advanced courses



CPD points


Course dates

25 August 2020
9.00am to 1.30pm

  • IR Society members (£389 + VAT)
  • IR Society Premium members (course allowance included in membership package)
  • Non-members (£519 + VAT)
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