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How to Write Fast When It’s Due Yesterday

Recording Date: July 28, 2008
Price: Free

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Projects with unreasonably short deadlines.. the last minute proposal...a presentation just added to your calendar for early next week...that report you've been putting off that's due tomorrow...all of us have faced this struggle.

Unorganized and directionless, you often forget the basic steps required to get it done and end up spending more time than necessary to complete the task.

If you're reading this with the distinct feeling that you've "been there, done that", you can use some help in dealing with such situations and this Webcast is for you.

You'll learn techniques helping you manage high-pressure writing situations (writing for the boss, writing collaboratively, writing from quick responses to elaborate analyses) in all kinds of environments (crowded offices, busy conference rooms, and noisy public places like air, rail, or bus terminals), and under all kinds of time pressures-even when it is due yesterday!

What You Will Learn

For example, the Webcast covers:
  • Time-wasting myths and time-management realities in the writing process
  • Proven techniques for getting started quickly to meet short writing deadlines
  • How to prioritize your writing tasks to put first things first
  • Specific tricks and tactics to write faster under pressure
  • Tips for creating an environment conducive to writing efficiency
  • A simple quality control process for writing from the top down
  • How to develop a proactive plan to write under pressure

The discussion is followed by a live Q&A session, where we will address specific writing challenges faced by members of the audience!

About the Presenters

Philip Vassallo, PhD, has developed, delivered, and supervised communication training programs and coached a wide range of administrative and technical professionals in corporate, government, and academic environments. For 19 years, Dr. Vassallo was the marketing director of Lifespire, a New York City human services organization. He has taught writing at Cornell University, Rutgers University, Kean University, Centenary College, and Middlesex County College. Author and coauthor of many books, including The Art of On-the-Job Writing and The Art of Email Writing, he is also a columnist on effective writing and education issues for the Educational Testing Service and EducationNews.org


Technical Requirements

To fully participate in this electronic, interactive and live session, please check your system (or ask your IT department) to ensure it meets the following requirements:

Supported OS, Browser and Additional Requirements

Microsoft® Windows® 98 SE, 2000, XP, Windows VistaTM Home Basic, Home Premium, Ultimate, Business, or Enterprise (32-bit or 64-bit editions)

  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
  • Netscape Navigator 7.1
  • AOL 9
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher

Macintosh (OS X 10.2, 10.3, 10.4)

  • Safari 1.1 or higher
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher


  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher


  • Mozilla 1.7 or higher

Additional Requirements:

  • Macromedia Flash Player 8 or higher
  • Macromedia Flash Player 9 or higher for Linux and Solaris
  • Minimum bandwidth requirement is 56 kb/sec

Important tip - Please allow 15 minutes prior to joining a session to conduct your set-up and testing! Dial-up connectors - please allow more time.