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Faster, Easier, BETTER Script Writing by "Writing To The Question"

To write illustrated training presentations from scratch for any delivery system we suggest you use a technique called "Writing to the Question."

The technique "Writing to the Question" asks you to generate questions the learner will need answered to have the information necessary to accomplish the learning objectives of a program. This "Writing to the Question" technique helps you by:

  • Segmenting your writing into smaller parts that you can easily handle.
  • Skipping the part many of us get stuck on most often: the opening.
  • Focusing your writing on answering only the questions the learner will need answered to accomplish the objectives—nothing more, nothing less.
  • Helping you to get a draft down quickly.

The Basic Procedure For “Writing To The Question”

  1. Sequence the questions you have written. Then keep each question, in turn, in front of you as you write the instruction. Take the learners from where they are to the point where they can correctly answer each question.
  2. Write the opening to your presentation after you have answered all the questions that form the body of your presentation. Then, it is easy to write the opening.
  3. Forget about the whole presentation and focus on writing the information needed for one question at a time. This segments your work and makes writing easier and quicker.
  4. Don't forget to have questions and to write the information needed by the learner for the key or terminal objective. This is a common and usually fatal error. The learners will not have what they need to perform the final actions you want without information on the key objective.

For a more in depth treatment of this technique? CLICK here.

Until next time,

Darryl

PS. This technique, and many more tools, are ready to help you in DSA’s software.

Article © 2005 Darryl L. Sink & Associates, Inc.

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