Advanced writing skills for IR

This intensive half-day course will help ensure you're 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. It also explores how external audiences might interpret IR communications, how those messages might 'land' and what it means to the investor. The programme includes principles for getting your message across, how to keep the pace with changing language in a variety of media, and an analysis of your own material.

Who should attend?

Experienced IR professionals already familiar with the basis elements of writing for IR.

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

17 November 2022
9.00am to 1.00pm

  • IR Society members (£429 + VAT)
  • IR Society Premium members (course allowance included in membership package)
  • Non-members (£570 + VAT)
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Discounts for multiple bookings
We offer a 10% discount on course fees when booking two professional development courses, and 20% when you book three or more.

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