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Accountancy and consultancy

Area of training

High-impact proposals, technical reports, letters and executive summaries

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In-person training and follow-up one-to-ones

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Simplifying technical language and raising communication standards at SeaRoc Group

Demystifying complex technical information for a wide audience means carefully considering your readers’ needs and engaging them with clear, direct language.

The challenge

SeaRoc staff found it challenging to communicate their technical knowledge to a wide audience. ‘We have a range of marine and engineering experts and we felt that we weren’t communicating as effectively as we could,’ explains Peter Hodgetts, Chief Executive. ‘Because offshore renewables is a new industry, it is still developing its own language.’

The company didn’t want to dumb down, but it did want to make its communications more readable. It recognised that the academic voice of some associates’ writing meant its documents weren’t as accessible – or effective – as they could be.

The solution

Emphasis presented techniques for producing high-impact proposals, reports, letters and executive summaries. The course looked at how to write clearly and concisely and showed the team how to plan and structure their work, harnessing technical knowledge in an effective way. Five months later, one-to-one coaching sessions further embedded the new business-writing principles into the culture of the company.

The results

Since the training, SeaRoc has been writing more succinct reports, using plain English to communicate technical points. By planning their work, staff are able to focus clearly on their messages and audience needs. Focusing on language has also helped. ‘I’m a lot more direct now when writing to clients … and they seem to be more engaged,’ says Geographical Information Systems Manager Dominic Stratton.

SeaRoc’s concise communication is helping to demystify the world of offshore marine works. Eighteen months after calling in Emphasis, the company has noticed knock-on business benefits. ‘The training has raised our standard substantially,’ says Peter. ‘But it’s also given us a common identity for how we write our documents, and that’s been recognised by our clients as very valuable.’

‘The training has given us a common identity for how we write our documents, and that has been recognised by our clients as very valuable.’

Peter Hodgetts, Chief Executive, SeaRoc Group

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