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Topic: Joint Meeting With Society of Women Engineers (SWE): Red Flags in Speech and Writing: What They Are, and How You Can Avoid Them
Speaker: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston
Founder, Business Writing Specialist
Syntax Training: Tools for Better Business Writing
Web site: http://www.syntaxtraining.com
Blog: http://www.businesswritingblog.com
Phone: 206-782-4810

Time and Date: March 23, 2006
6pm: Networking
6:30pm: Dinner
7pm-8:15pm: Program and Q&A
Location: Hale's Ales
4301 Leary Way NW Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 706-1544

(directions below)


AWC members, SWE members, and students: $25. Non-Members: $30.

Register online or leave voicemail at (206)781-7315.

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AWC/PS, P.O. Box 179, 

Seattle, WA 98111 

Summary: Communication skills can advance or stall your career. Make sure you are moving forward or maintaining your ground. Learn to recognize and avoid red flags to communicate successfully.

Recognize these red flags:
  • Hiding from the Limelight (Who Me? All I Did Was Write 10,000 Lines of Code)
  • Leaving Them in the Dust (But It IS Rocket Science!)
  • Neglecting the Human Side (Cut the Courtesy Crap - Just Get to the Point!)
  • Hypnotizing Them (You Are Getting Very Sleepy, Now for My 37th Slide)
  • Applying Casual Day to Communication (BTW, D’ya See the Cool Stats?)
Get strategies for:
  • Conveying your accomplishments and strengths in speech and writing
  • Sharing information with non-technical people
  • Addressing your audience and readers as human beings, without being cute
  • Getting to the point without sacrificing style and content
  • Communicating like a well-rounded professional
Speaker Bio: Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has been finding joy in writing, teaching, and presenting for over 20 years. In her business, Syntax Training, she has written for Nintendo, Children’s Hospital, the National Cancer Institute, the State of Washington, Esterline Technologies, and other clients. Lynn enjoys writing her Business Writing blog (http://www.businesswritingblog.com), which gets hundreds of visitors daily, and her monthly newsletter, Better Writing at Work.

Lynn teaches with a love of her subject and a pleasure in sharing its practical value. She has taught employees and managers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Weyerhaeuser, the Port of Seattle, Philips Medical Systems, and many other organizations. She lives in Seattle.

Registration Policy: We enthusiastically accept reservations for meetings up to and including the day of the meeting.

No-shows will be charged.


Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

Traveling North or South on I-5:

  • Take the 45th Street Exit and go Westbound on 45th Street. (From I-5 Southbound turn right on 45th; from I-5 Northbound turn left).
  • After a mile, 45th will jog right, work its way under the Aurora Bridge (Hwy 99), then become 46th Street.
  • At the first light turn left onto Fremont Ave. Follow Fremont Ave down to 39th.
  • Turn right on 39th.
  • Turn right on Leary way.
  • The next light is 43rd. Hale's is on the left, on the corner, 4301 Leary Way NW.
Map to Hale's Ales
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