Demand to Understand: How Plain Language Makes Life Simpler | Deborah Bosley | TEDxCharlotte

Tired of trying to read information that is confusing, complex, and irritating? I believe that as citizens we have the right to receive information that is clear, concise, and credible. This talk with teach you what you can do to insist on clarity.

Empathy: The Forgotten Element in Successful Content Creation

BY DEBORAH S. BOSLEY, OWNER AND PRINCIPAL, THE PLAIN LANGUAGE GROUP — October 27, 2015 As published on THE CONTENT WRANGLER “People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.” This quote by William Butler Yeats, one of Ireland’s most famous writers, illustrates a problem we have in the content creation community. We create a multitude of written material, but we rely primarily on logical structures, building authority, plain Read more […]

The Needless Complexity of Academic Writing

A new movement strives for simplicity. BY VICTORIA CLAYTON, THE ATLANTIC — October 26, 2015 “Persistence is one of the great characteristics of a pitbull, and I guess owners take after their dogs,” says Annetta Cheek, the co-founder of the D.C.-based nonprofit Center for Plain Language. Cheek, an anthropologist by training who left academia in the early 1980s to work for the Federal Aviation Commission, is responsible for something few people realize exists: the 2010 Plain Writing Act. Read more […]

Deborah Bosley invited to join the Council of Advisors for the Institute for Fiduciary Standard

Deborah Bosley of The Plain Language Group has been invited to join the Council of Advisors for the Institute for Fiduciary Standards. She will advise the board on Best Practices for RIAs and Plain Language. From the News Release: Washington D. C., July 9  — The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard today inaugurated a Chairman’s Council of independent advisory firms who espouse strong fiduciary business practices and place their client’s best interests ahead of their own at all times. Nine Read more […]

Deborah Bosley, Guest Editor for Issue #72 of The Clarity Journal

Deborah Bosley of The Plain Language Group is Guest Editor for Issue #72 of The Clarity Journal, published by Clarity, the international association promoting plain legal language. FROM DEBORAH – “When Julie Clement asked if I would guest edit an issue of Clarity, I jumped at the chance. She asked that the issue consist of articles from presentations given at the October 2013, PLAIN conference in Vancouver, CA. This is that issue. The conference provided me with a wealth of possible articles, Read more […]