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Special Division: Conejo Valley

  • 08/01/2014
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • University of Farmers, Farmers Insurance, 30801 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA

How to Enhance Grammar and Proofreading Skills: And Make It Fun!

Presented by Gary Butterworth


Ever write a document and discover grammatical errors-after you've sent it? Have you ever noticed a spelling mistake on your PowerPoint slide-while you are presenting it? Not pleasant. Downright embarrassing. Or possibly even worse.  


A business English mistake says something about us, and it is not flattering. Grammatical errors could even be holding us back from moving up in our world of training and development.


In this presentation on grammar and proofreading, Gary Butterworth will offer some reminders that many of us have forgotten since we left school. In addition, the rules of grammar change over time, and for some us, we haven't received the "memo" on those changes! For example, do you add a comma before the word "and" in a series of three or more items? (Hint: the governing rule may not be the one you recall from school!)


Gary will also share with us some tactics on proofreading documents. The objective will be for us will to proofread with no mistakes, total accuracy, and-most importantly-decreased stress.


Finally, Gary will model for us a way in which an otherwise potentially dull, dry, training topic, such as grammar, can be transformed into an enjoyable learning experience!


Gary Butterworth is a certified seminar leader who leads workshops in oral and written communication skills, team leadership, and personal development for students all over western North America. Gary holds a master's degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. As a part-time faculty member at CSU, Northridge, Gary was awarded "Outstanding Teaching Associate of the Year." At a recent annual conference, hosted by Fred Pryor/Career Track Seminars, Gary was honored as "On-Site Trainer of the Year."


Before devoting his career to full-time training and teaching, Gary spent two decades as a noted broadcaster. He was a radio personality for ten years-including a five-year stint on network radio in which his show was heard "live-daily" over stations in the top 100 markets across America. Gary also worked as a local TV weathercaster for ten years, garnering a first place trophy for "Best TV Weather Segment" from the Associated Press of California.

If you would like to register for this presentation please send an email to Valorie Avedisian and Ray Sullivan at conejo@astdla.org by Tuesday, August 3rd. 

(If you are interested in sharing your expertise and leading a session of the Conejo Valley Special Division meetings please contact Valorie Avedisian and Ray Sullivan at conejo@astdla.org)

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