Better Writing

For Better Business and Less Risk

The best evidence is always what’s in writing. For “what’s in writing” to be meaningful, it must be written well: clearly and simply, which is exactly the type of writing taught by FOPP. Mastering the FOPP writing techniques contributes to better proposals, better reports, better project correspondence (including texts and e-mails), and even better contracts. Almost every FOPP graduate reports being able to write far better. See for yourself.

The best evidence is what’s in writing, especially so because most claims arise more than two years after the fact; memories get clogged. And that’s precisely why the writing involved must be effective, without any of the ambiguity that attorneys can twist to show that the supposedly learned professional was not clear, leading a constructor, owner, or other party to make a mistake. Did you know that the notation “I observed the excavation” cost one firm over-one million dollars? That “In general accordance with ASTM E1527” cost another firm over a million-and-a-half?

Some technical professionals like using “big words” to demonstrate language mastery they don’t truly possess. They’ll write “albeit” instead of “although,” “in lieu of” instead of “instead of,” “regarding” instead of “about.” Making matters even worse, this habit can become truly problematic when they use the wrong word; e.g., “mute point” instead of “moot point” or “physical year” instead of “fiscal year.” Bear in mind that the ultimate arbiter of meaning usually is not a dictionary; it’s a jury of one’s peers.

"The lessons I learned from the course find their way into my daily activities in many forms. Because of FOPP. . . I have learned to incorporate legal and business considerations into nearly everything I do, say, and write.”

—James D. Kellog, P.E.

Benefits of better writing

Hear them from FOPP participants