Minute-taking Made Easy:
Great course . . . Excellent tips . . . I found if very helpful and useful . . . It’s always good to recognise where to listen and what to write . . . I’ve learnt good skills which I will put into practice . . . I enjoyed the course . . . I learnt how to be more conscious of note-taking . . .Very beneficial.
Editing and Proofreading for Professionals:
Excellent course . . . Very worthwhile and interesting . . . Useful as real-life examples are used . . . Very good on planning text, considering readers etc . . . Grounded down-to-earth advice with great practicality and application . . . Class discussion very useful . . . Full of useful ideas . . . Excellent presenter . . . A lot to think about and takeaway. . . Thoroughly enjoyable.
I apply what I learned on the course to my own work on a daily basis.
The highly practical editing and proofreading course provided the skills and resources to create, edit and proofread a range of documents clearly, quickly and effectively. Sarah provided us with a set of basic principles and tips to guide our editing; she explained everything very clearly and gave plenty of examples to illustrate each point. The use of editing and proofreading exercises gave us the opportunity to put what we had learned into practice straight away and to get immediate feedback from Sarah on how the work could be improved.
In addition to her excellent delivery of the course itself, Sarah has acted as an invaluable mentor to me on an ongoing basis. I would highly recommend Sarah’s training to anyone interested in improving their editing and proofing skills.
– Gráinne O’Donovan, Editor, Quality Support Unit
A key element of our client service code is ensure that all communications are clear, precise, effective and in plain English with an absence of jargon. It is essential for our success as a firm that we not only deliver the best advice to our clients but that we deliver it in clear, understandable language.
Sarah Marriott has worked with Matheson Ormsby Prentice since 2007, designing and delivering programmes to help our lawyers to develop this capability. At all times, she has been professional, helpful, insightful and above all else, clear. I am glad to work with her.
– Kevin Hannigan, Head of Learning and Development
Enjoyable training session. . . anyone who has to correspond should do this course. . . educational in a fun way. . .I was delighted to take part in the course . . . you feel more confident knowing you are doing it right . . . excellent course . . . it helped me to focus on my areas of concern . . . I found the planning of letters very useful . . .it really helped me with letter writing . . . very informative . . . will add value and build my confidence . . .10 out of 10.
– Comments from the participants on the customised Business Communications course
The course went through the process of planning, writing and editing in clear English . . . It provided a structured approach to the writing process to ensure it achieves what is intended . . . I enjoyed the course and found it helpful . . .. Working on real examples was a good exercise . . .It gives me a systematic approach to apply to my writing . . . I enjoyed the course and got a lot of it . . . It was good revision, with new tips on writing for the web . . The course was concise and focused . . . It was clearly delivered with a good handbook to use afterwards.
– Comments from the participants of the customised Writing for the Web course
We have used Sarah Marriott to design and deliver successful training in business writing skills for the firm since 2006.
She has presented workshops in drafting client communications for solicitors and also courses in minute-taking and business English for secretarial staff. The programmes were customised to our needs with plenty of practical exercises built in using authentic materials, by Sarah and her team. This made the service Sarah provided very valuable to our staff.
We have found Sarah to be very professional to work with and our staff have commented that they have enjoyed her programmes and found them very useful. I would recommend Sarah for training in business writing skills as she puts a considerable amount of effort into designing and delivering courses that tailor to the needs of her clients and her enthusiasm for her subject is very much evident.
– Hazel Mullan, Learning and Development
Plain English Ireland provided us with plain English training and edited the copy for our website. As a result we were a lot more confident in producing a clear and informative website suitable for multiple groups of users. The clarity mark was awarded to the website and as an extra bonus it has been nominated for several awards including Best in Financial Services for the Digital Media Awards and Best Brick to Click for the Irish Internet Association. The skills learned in the training were invaluable. I would highly recommend Sarah.
- Nicola Reidy, Marketing Manager
I completed a one-to-one course on “Plain business writing for success” and found the training well structured, superbly delivered and very effective. The course was tailor-made based on my needs using our own material which made the training course even more relevant to me. Sarah offered so many practical insights into the use of language, planning and identifying issues.
Overall I felt the course was extremely useful, as the day was targeted to the specific areas I had highlighted in advance. Sarah was a friendly trainer with a profound knowledge of writing.
- Sharon Duffy, Marketing Manager
Participants on the Practical Writing Skills course:
It taught the importance of a wide variety of important skills . . . it helped to highlight where we can improve . . . Simple and to the point . . . it was well balanced between document organisation and how to make the text readable and simple . . . I learnt how to write clear and concise sentences . . . I found it useful to revisit grammar .. . a lot of interesting and useful advice . . .
Sarah edited an early chapter of my new book and helped me lick the language into shape.
She has a great ability to critique and encourage and I was a lot more confident in my writing skills once she took me in hand. I followed her lead in writing the following chapters and my efforts have been rewarded with the offer of a publishing contract.
– Gerard Tannem, author and brand expert
On editing: Sarah is an absolute pleasure to work with, and she obtains great results.
The work Sarah did for us on our website enabled us to produce clear, effective corporate communications yet still retain our own style. Brilliant. Sarah is highly recommended.
– Annette Tierney. director and training facilitator