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Part 1 Writing Basics: Writing to be Read; Summary; Writers need to be read; Readers and objectives; Planning; Structure; Choosing your Words Summary; Writer's block; Finding the 'right' word; KISS; Useful guidelines; FOG Index; Presenting your Material Summary; How much does presentation matter?; Considerations for your presentation4. Editing and RevisionSummary; First review level. Part 2 What Trainers Write: Job Descriptions, Performance Standards, Performance Objectives and Competency Descriptions; Summary; Job descriptions; Performance standards; Performance objectives; Competency descriptions; Procedures, Job Aids and Manuals; Summary; Procedures; Job aids; Manual; Forms and Questionnaires; Summary; Forms; Questionnaires; Attitude surveys; Tests; Course Notes; Summary; Joining instructions; Trainer's notes; Trainer's review of the course; Course Visuals; Summary; Rule 1 - KISS (Keep it short and simple); Rule 2 - PUP (Please use pictures); Rule 3 - Use colour; Overhead transparencies; PC slides; 35mm slides; Other visual aids; Course Handouts; Summary; Ready-made handouts; Do-it-yourself; Combination approach; Course Exercises; Summary; Are exercises the easy option?; Identify objective; Outline problem; Devise solution; Prepare instructions; Dry-run exercise; Main types of exercises; Other exercises; Self-learning Texts; Summary; What are self-learning texts?; Why should you write self-learning texts?; Specific objectives; Features of self-learning texts; Computer-based self-learning materials; Dry-running the material; Web Sites; Summary; Why bother about a Web site?; What to include; Planning the site structure; Drafting the content; E-learning programmes; Course-booking and record-keeping systems; Maintaining your site; Reports, Letters, Memos, E-mails and Minutes Summary; Reports; Letters;Memos; E-mails; Minutes; Standard templates. Part 3 For Reference and Interest: Source Material; Summary; Sources; People; Paper; Information on the Internet; Legalities Summary; Disclaimer; What is copyright?; What works are protected by copyright?; What can you not do?; Exceptions; Permission to copy or publish; Data protection; Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling; "Grammar is bunk" - but is it?; Grammar - points to consider; Does punctuation matter?; Spelling rules; US spellings; Conclusion; Tables and Charts; Summary; Tables; Line graphs; Bar and column charts; Pie charts; Organization charts; Flowcharts; Decision trees; Chart packages; Using Technology; Summary; Word processing; Spreadsheet packages; Presentation packages; DTP; Graphics and picture editing packages; Computer networks. Appendices: Further reading; Writing; Training materials; Useful Web Sites; Information Services.

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How to Write and Prepare Training Manuals explains the techniques to employ when writing and preparing all types of training materials, whether handouts, reports, structured courses or material for use online.

About the Author

Nancy Stimson is an experienced training and HR professional who has worked both as a freelance consultant and as a training and HR manager for various blue-chip organizations. Other books she has written include Coaching Your Employees (also published by Kogan Page).

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"Written by training and human resources professional, Nancy Stimson, and now updated and expanded in its second edition, (this book) continues to be an indispensable, core reference and guide expressly written for managers and training seeking to maximize communication and understanding. With a wealth of useful information on copyright matters, data protection, basic editing and punctuation, tables and visuals and much more, "How to Write and Prepare Training Materials" is a superbly presented and highly recommended reference for anyone charged with the responsibility of creating effective educational aids for any business of any size of scope." -- Bookwatch
""Written by training and human resources professional, Nancy Stimson, and now updated and expanded in its second edition, (this book) continues to be an indispensable, core reference and guide expressly written for managers and training seeking to maximize communication and understanding. With a wealth of useful information on copyright matters, data protection, basic editing and punctuation, tables and visuals and much more, ""How to Write and Prepare Training Materials"" is a superbly presented and highly recommended reference for anyone charged with the responsibility of creating effective educational aids for any business of any size of scope."" -- Bookwatch

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