Polishing for PR Perfection

Master Proofreading Principles and Grammar for Boosting Your Credibility and Results


Availability
On-Demand
Course Duration: Approx. 6 hours
Lesson Duration: Approx. 60–90 minutes

Note: The prices below are for this module only. The price of the entire course is $699 for PRSA members and $799 for nonmembers.
Full Price: $249
Members: $199

Category: Writing

As a professional journalist for 18 years before coming to PR, I still sometimes fall into writing slumps where the words just sit there on the paper. Not only does Michael breathe life into the fundamentals, but he courts creativity and serious strategic thinking. In the last module, he showed me how to tell stories in my content writing. I was thrilled. All of Michael’s tips strike the right tone between spare and wordy. I can still have warmth and energy in my writing and not sound like a robot. Slump over!   

— Susan Dosier, president, DK Communications, Charlotte, N.C.

Part three of the four-part e-learning course, “The Definitive Guide to PR Writing.” This module offers detailed skill-building techniques to create compelling communications materials.

“Polishing for PR Perfection” is focused on writing techniques that make your copy tighter and your writing approach easier. Lessons include:

  • Putting Your Writing on a Diet: The Secrets to Saying More by Writing Less.
  • How Not to Repeat Yourself, Repeat Yourself.
  • The Clichés Trap and How It Can Ruin Your Writing.
  • How to Use “Short and Sweet” to Move Readers Forward.
  • How to Destroy Your Credibility in 100 Words or Less: Horrifying Examples of Bad PR Writing.
  • Making It Perfect: Tips and Tricks for Proofreading.
  • How To Avoid Word Mix-Ups That Make You Look Dumb (Ouch!).
  • Becoming Your Own Grammar Police: How to Write Error Free, Part I.
  • Becoming Your Own Grammar Police: How to Write Error Free, Part II.

Michael knows the challenges and grief we face as PR pros. With his typical flair, he shows how we can transform these weaknesses into strengths. He teaches bedrock principles and then how to apply those principles with real-world examples and hands-on exercises. He packages all of this goodness with an enthusiasm that propels you along. It’s fast-paced, it’s fun and something I’ll be sharing with the rest of my team.   

— Ken Li, PR director, Chempetitive Group, Chicago, Ill.


I’ve had the pleasure of taking several of Michael’s PR writing training courses over the years and I am one of his biggest fans. Michael is not only an awesome trainer but his personal style and method of explaining things really gets to the core to help continually improve your writing and PR skills and utilize them in your daily work life. I highly recommend Michael’s training to anyone who wants to be a better PR practitioner.   

— Nicola Blazier, vice president, Jesson+Company, Toronto, Canada


I’ve put my teams through Michael’s online PR writing course at two different companies. Everyone was overwhelmingly positive and felt they learned a lot. I saw a distinct improvement in the writing skills of almost everyone who took part. The course was engaging and relevant for everyone. I can highly recommend Michael’s course and I can assure you — it produces results!   

— Maria Kuhn, corporate communications director


Before I took Michael’s online PR writing course, my writing was mediocre. Now that I’ve completed it, I’m confident in my writing and even find myself citing the course to my boss. I used what I learned to cut an email pitch down and the journalist told me it was great!   

— Alisa Langer, account coordinator, Benson Marketing Group, Armonk, N.Y.


Last year, I bought Michael’s “Crafting the Perfect Pitch” course and I benefited immensely from it. Thanks to his tips, I am now able to land more media placements than ever before. So when Michael introduced his “Definitive Guide to PR Writing” course, it was a no-brainer for me. Within 10 minutes of the course introduction, I bought it. I know I will improve my writing skills the same way I improved my pitching skills.   

— Jay Srinivasan, PR manager, LAN, Washington, D.C.


I purchased Michael’s writing course because I have already experienced great success in garnering media coverage from using his tips and tools provided through his other resources. I was looking for an opportunity to expand my PR writing and storytelling proficiency. So far, the course is insightful and engaging and has already taught me important lessons that I know will assist me with improving my writing skills.   

— Katrina Crocker, communications and marketing specialist, Central NY Community Foundation, Syracuse, N.Y.

Presenter

Michael Smart, principal, MichaelSMARTPR

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Michael Smart is the trainer and coach PR professionals turn to when they want to improve their media relations results. He’s trained more than 10,000 communicators around the globe including teams at General Motors, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and many other organizations and agencies, large and small. His popular workshops sell out and he is regularly among the top-rated presenters at the PR conferences where he speaks.

  

Accreditation

Participants with the APR credential earn 1.0 APR Maintenance Credit for each completed module of this course. www.prsa.org/Learning/Accreditation.