WritingForResults.net is a large
site, and it can be a challenge to decide where to start in getting
to know it. Here are some areas that you might find rewarding to
visit if you've got just five minutes to spare. If you spend five
minutes a day for two or three weeks visiting these areas, you'll
find that the investment of time pays off handsomely.
- Review the Summary if
you would like a quick overview of Writing for Results, the manual
that forms the foundation of this site. Later, when you've got
more time, spend half an hour or so with How
to Use the Step-by-Step Model.
- Many fine books have been written on style. But it can take
a good deal of time to go through them. The chapter on Style provides
quick insight into some of the techniques that are most useful
in writing briefings. That chapter is presented in several sections,
each of which could be the target of one of your five-minute
- Keep in mind that your most important tool in writing a message
is a frame of reference – the objective of your message,
its audience, the authority needed to send it, a list of possible
barriers to its success, and time lines for developing it and
delivering it to the audience. Sometimes you will be able to
define your frame of reference at the outset. Other times, paradoxically,
you may not be able to define some elements of the frame of reference
until your message is nearing completion. Either way, it is a
vital tool for success. For more details on this step, read Frame
of Reference (this will take about half an hour).
- The templates can save you time in preparing just about any
type of document. Take five minutes to become familiar with what's
available to you. The templates are divided into four sections:
(1) Letters, Memos and Briefing
Notes; (2) Briefing
Books for Meetings, Events and Trips; (3) Briefing
Books for Missions Abroad and Extended Domestic Trips; and
Reading this page should have taken you less than five minutes.
Make a point of spending five minutes a day reviewing the site
as suggested above. You'll find that this modest investment of
time will repay you many times over by increasing your effectiveness
and efficiency in writing.