I’ve been a professional communication consultant since 1999. I’ve offered freelance plain language writing and communication consulting services since 2006, working from my home office near Toronto, Canada.
Today, I love working freelance with plain language consultants who need experienced help. And I also work with companies directly as well.
Of course, I’ll only ask questions that make sense for you. They'll vary depending on the type of writing you want. And there may be more or less than above.
And the type of plain language consulting projects I’ve worked on are quite specific. I'm comfortable with simplifying financial writing and insurance content. Plus:
As you can imagine, this type of work is super detailed and exact. Some projects take many months. And to be candid, the work is not always easy (though the results can be amazing).
More and more companies may want their documents in plain language. But in many cases, there's a “we’ve done it this way forever” culture to overcome.
Some people are even threatened by the idea of plain language. As if it'll dumb down their message somehow. If you work for a big company, you may know what I mean...
Long way of saying.
Yes, I do offer freelance plain language services directly to companies. Absolutely. But most of my clients these days are consulting firms. Why?
Because most plain language projects affect many departments. And when that happens, it's better to have more than one set of eyes...
I’d love to help. I cut my teeth in the consulting trenches, so I know your world. I’m comfortable being a full team member, or working in the background. Plug me in anywhere, from RFP to first draft to final review.
And you have a Monster document you want to tame for Mere Mortals, reach out. If I can help, I will.
I’ve worked on a number of plain language projects. Some lasting over a year. So I’ve witnessed the many challenges that can come up.
A good rule of thumb is this. If your document:
Then you might be better off hiring a plain language consulting firm who has the experience to not only simplify your content. But to give you advice and support as you navigate the politics.
Plain language projects are an investment that can yield truly remarkable returns. But selfishly, I only want to work on projects where I can do a great job.
If you think that you need more hands on deck, I’d understand. And I’d be happy to make a referral to plain language professionals I know and trust.
Who knows? Perhaps I’ll end up as a writer on your Plain Language Team…
I’ve worn a few communication hats over the years. When you hire me for plain language consulting services, there are other ways I can help:
I don’t do the following:
- Heavy-duty technical writing, such as equipment manuals or software instructions
- Corporate communications, investor relations, press releases
- Technical or legal review – that ball’s in your court.
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