Subject-matter experts (SMEs) in both academia and nonacademia have unique written forms to disseminate information. In academia, SMEs disseminate information through theses, dissertations, journal articles, books, and other professional forms of academic publication. In nonacademia, SMEs disseminate information through emails, websites, resumes, user manuals, grant and business proposals, budget and business plans, etc. Even though these written forms are important to their fields, most academic and nonacademic SMEs are not experts in writing. Therefore, many SMEs benefit from partnering with writing coaches, such as the professional editors who work at Elite Research. A writing coach is a SME in the field of professional editing who can help SMEs in other fields by coaching them through the many aspects of the writing process.
Writing coaches can help SMEs understand the various forms and rules of writing specific to their fields to help SMEs improve the organization, clarity, and cohesion of their documents, which will in turn improve the overall communication in their fields. Additionally, some documents represent the capstones of SMEs’ careers (e.g., dissertations, theses, even resumes), and because of the importance of these documents, SMEs often become stressed during the process of writing. Fortunately for SMEs, a writing coach could help alleviate some of this stress by coaching them during every phase of the writing process.
In the brainstorming phase, SMEs have ideas but need coaching in how to get their ideas on paper. Writing coaches can help SMEs create outlines, which form the skeletons of their projects and can be fleshed out in the next writing phase. In the first-draft phase, SMEs are getting their ideas on paper but need coaching when they occasionally encounter challenges. To overcome these challenges, writing coaches can help SMEs find resources that they can use to progress to the next phase. In the editing and revising phases, SMEs and writing coaches work together even more closely to refine what SMEs have created. Writing coaches not only provide professional editing services for SMEs but also educate SMEs about how they can efficiently revise their projects in preparation for the final phase. In the submission phase, SMEs turn to writing coaches both for additional advice and help with minor adjustments to their projects and for encouragement and support during the wait time for submission approval. By this point, SMEs and writing coaches who have partnered together have developed reliable working relationships on which both parties can rely in future writing endeavours.
In conclusion, a writing coach provides a valuable service for SMEs who need to focus on their fields of expertise and not just on basic rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. By partnering with writing coaches, SMEs can alleviate much of their stress about creating different forms of writing to disseminate information in their fields. Long-term partnerships between writing coaches and SMEs, such as those that develop between editors and clients at Elite Research, will continually improve communication in and across a wide range of industries.
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