Elaine Matchett kicked off her series of workshops in Midrand, which is aimed at equipping professionals in the civil engineering industry to communicate ideas more efficiently in reports and presentations. Matchett successfully hosted the Report Writing for Individuals and Teams with a class that represented a wide range of participants, ranging from those at director level to graduates. The workshop focused on assisting participants transition from classical academic technical writing to a more contemporary style of modern corporate technical reports.

Held over 2 days, the workshop gave participants the opportunity to work through document production from inception to release. Course content also focused on best practice, up-to-date trends and on how to write reports that are streamlined and interesting. Taking into account the team-writing nature of engineering reports, this workshop addressed these challenges whilst reinforcing the fundamental principles and practice of good technical writing.

Participants found the course extremely useful and commended Matchett for her use of “real-life, industry related examples” and “very practical and useful visuals and tips”. One specific participant commenting on their overall experience of the workshop said, “This course gave me more than I expected, it was more than technical. It changed my perspective of report writing”.

Matchett’s courses cover the following two new topics, Presenting Skills for Technical Types and Report Writing for Individuals and Teams. Matchett is a language professional with a technical background in Speech-Language Therapy and Audiology. She holds an MA in Linguistics for the Language Professions with a focus on intercultural communication. She will be presenting small-group workshops around the country.

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