Customers Agree — Write to Influence! Workshops Are Great!
Fun, interactive, engaging … tools & strategies for power writing
Carla’s Workshop, “Powerful Writing,” Wows the Audience at the VA Women Veterans Summit
“Write to Influence!” and workshop, “Powerful Writing” hit home run yesterday with its 40 attendees. Feedback:
Amazing; Awesome; Wish I learned sooner; Speak longer; Changing my writing style now!; 30 more similar accolades.
Dynamic exchange throughout! Summit is fabulous for women veterans. Thanks to organizers for chance to present!
“College Applications: Essays That Open Doors”
Taught two groups of students, “College Applications — Essays That Open Doors.” Loved the interaction. See their comments below.
One person accidentally left notes taken during the workshop — I share them here, in the student’s own words, hoping that individual might visit this page [my comments in brackets]: 1) Analyze yourself — Identify what makes you different from other people [teaching point — find a quite corner, identify aspects about yourself … hobbies, hopes, fears, passions, successes, failures, etc., … material from which to draw to compose the essay] 2) If you took a trip, look to see how this experience changed you [teaching point — How did you grow? That’s what evaluators want to see] 3) Powerful writing is a fundamental life skill 4) Powerful writing changes lives 5) Write many drafts [teaching point — write, pause, think … let it sit a day or so. Then refine.] 6) Knock, knock … What do you want?!? You have 30 seconds to snag the reader’s attention … intro, hook.
- I thought it was helpful and informative
- The workshop opened my eyes about how to write.
- It was extremely helpful and illustrative, so I payed attention. No recommended improvements or additions, it was perfect.
- I enjoyed it a lot … very interactive.
- I liked it, I learned a lot of new skills.
- This workshop was very helpful with writing papers and preparing for colleges and scholarships.
- It was informative and made good points.I learned more about what application officers are looking for and what they don’t want.
A repeated observation … “Bring more homemade, chocolate chip cookies” … I open my workshops with them. This is the BEST hook to snag kids’ attention!
Workshop — “Powerful Writing … for Professionals”
Presented my workshop, “Powerful Writing … for Professionals,” to Mark Amtower’s class (George Washington University’s Government Contracting Master’s Program). Enjoyed my time with them! Mark, thanks for the opportunity!
Students were actually seasoned professionals, primarily in the field of contracting, many were prior military. Really enjoyed engaging with them!
Comment one individual posted next day on LinkedIn … “Thank you Carla Bass for your eye-opening workshop last night! I think I learned more there than any of my writing courses thus far! Carla is a professional writing coach and author and we are so glad to have had her.”
Workshop — “Overview — Powerful Writing … for Professionals”
This was an overview and discussion of writing tools and strategies presented to the faculty of National Intelligence University. Subsequent email, “Thank you for a wonderful presentation!”
“College Applications: Essays That Open Doors”
Feedback … As concise as the writing techniques I teach …
“Compelling and inspirational! Make them give you more time to present!”
“Enjoyable and informative! Having us participate allowed us to understand the techniques more easily. Keep doing what you do!”
“This is a great class! Wish I had it earlier!”
“Great class, concepts, and messages!”
New Workshop: “Write to Influence! — Ace Your Annual Review!”
I debuted this exciting, new workshop on 1 March. The challenge, bosses often request written input for your annual review, a nerve-wracking task for many. This workshop makes the process less onerous by helping you identify and convey your key accomplishments with focus and precision. Great reviews:
“Thank you so much for delivering such a wonderful presentation … “Ace Your Annual Review!” … to our patrons! The program was really well done; we all learned so much and you gave great advice. It was such a pleasure working with you, and I hope to get a chance to do so again.” Jill Wright, Adult Programming and Information Services, Kings Park Community Library
“I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation! The interactive method solidified the talking points. Promote this presentation in high schools! Specifically, West Springfield High School and Lee High School.”
“Fantastic! I learned so much and will apply this at work!”
Teaching teens “College Applications: Essays that Open Doors”
Final session on “Write to Influence! — College Essays that Open Doors” … another home run! Smaller gathering than last week but oh-so energized! I adore working with teenagers — From my librarian sponsor:
Ms. Bass, thank you so much for coming and sharing your expertise! Everyone you spoke to seemed very engaged and invested, so that was wonderful! Thank you for your presentation and we look forward to working with you in the future. … Rosanne North-Jack, Bull Run Library
“College Applications: Essays that Open Doors”
Amazing night in Montclair! 40 … yes, 40 teens and assorted parents attended my workshop, “Write to Influence! – College Essays that Open Doors.”
Atmosphere — electric. Interchange – dynamic. Audience – engaged. Ended with rousing applause. When I asked, “Did this help?” … Walls reverberated with, “Yes!”
Don’t just accept my assessment … please, read on!
— Transform that college essay from a pumpkin to an elegant ride to university! My wife, son, and I attended Carla’s workshop on College essay writing and were hooked. We bought this book and have been devouring it. I am recommending it to our son’s English teacher as an invaluable teaching aid. Fantastic job, Carla! Thank you!!! S. Néné
— “I am a programming coordinator for a busy public library system in northern Virginia and have been working with Col. Bass on bringing her workshops to our libraries. Not only am I getting rave reviews from library staff and patrons, but I also used Carla’s book for my own presentation on writing concise descriptions in library communications.”
“The room was packed – more than 100 attendees and others participating via VTC. Her message was simple, “Powerful writing changes lives … It is also the lifeblood of effective operations.” This describes the 90-minute workshop Carla D. Bass, Colonel, USAF (Ret) conducted at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Her presentation was interactive, entertaining and, most importantly, effective.
The audience responded with rave reviews, comments ranging from “phenomenal” to “a breath of fresh air” and suggestions that she return.
Carla urges, “Empathize with the reader — Apply these tools to banish bureaucratic blather, so endemic in official writing.” Her methods apply to an expansive range of products: personnel appraisals, job descriptions, resumes, analytical products, responses to Congressional Directed Actions, budget justifications, essentially any official written communication.”
Happiness … Teaching teens to write college application essays
I conducted the first of six workshops for Prince William county public library this fall. The room was packed! Everyone took notes — yes, pen and paper — and offered profound thanks when departing. What a session!
From the library: “Thank-you for a wonderful and very impressive presentation on techniques in your book, “Write to Influence!”
From interested demonstrated throughout, the teens truly benefited from the writing techniques and strategies you shared. Your dedication to empowering others through their own writing certainly shone through.
Jane Drabkin, Chinn Park Regional Library”
You should have seen their expressions when I challenged, “Explain everything significant you’ve done this past year in 1,500 CHARACTERS (not words).” Response, “Ooooohhhh!”
Write to Influence! Fundamentals for Business Professionals
A very worthwhile workshop – well done!
The presentation on Word Sculpting Fundamentals was educational and engaging! The practice exercises were applicable and challenging.
I recommend this workshop to others and we will use the tools presented to advance our communication.
Jim Bellas, CEO, Diplomatic Language Services
Workshop for Middle Grade Students — Essential Tools for Powerful Writing
What a treat to have Carla Bass, author of Write to Influence!, speak to my 7th and 8th grade English classes.
Her presentation on powerful writing, which included tips on streamlining, editing redundancies, and using strong verbs, was specific, useful, and tailored for middle school students.
She included time to respond, discuss, and practice throughout her presentation.
Col. Bass kept my students’ attention with her effortlessly commanding presence and warm demeanor as well as her excellent presentation.
In classes following her visit, my students often referred to her presentation. One student wrote in her end-of-year self-assessment, “I have been trying to use the toolbox Col. Bass told us about, and I think my writing has gotten better.”
I warmly recommend Col. Bass to other schools.
Jillian M. Beifuss, English Dept. Chair
The Hill School, Middleburg, VA 20118
Write to Influence! Power Writing Workshop for High School Seniors
Carla did an amazing job engaging with our students on her excellent tips to improve writing. Her workshop was positive, fun, stimulating, and engaging! She presented the material as an intellectual game — students rose to the challenge!
Carla and her workshop have our highest endorsement.
We gifted each graduating senior with a copy of Write to Influence!, setting them up for future success!
Jo A. S. Thoburn
President & CEO, Fairfax Christian School
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