Jennifer AthertonJennifer Atherton is an experienced communication trainer. During workshops, she explores with students how to improve the way we relate. We do this in several ways, by developing and enhancing our relationships, improving the image that we project of ourselves and our organizations, and ultimately understanding ourselves better. When we clearly state the purpose of any written document, we can effectively direct and guide our readers?taking the guesswork out of why a document was written. We then have much greater chance of reaching our goal: obtaining understanding. Jennifer has a love of writing that she shares with participants. All of the classes that she presents are interactive, allowing participants the opportunity to learn from each other, as she facilitates the discussion. She has been a trainer with The University of Texas at Austin since 1990. A native of New York, she found interesting her first correspondence from UT. "I wrote to UT, and requested an employment application. This was when everything was done through the mail. And when I read the cover letter to the application, I was intrigued that it was The University of Texas at Austin. I knew then that I had to work for UT. Either they needed a good editor, or I had to work at a place that has an ego that won't quit. I have never regretted working for UT. I love it." Suggested reading:
Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, by Patricia T. O'Connor "Omit needless words. Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine no unnecessary parts."
--William Strunk, Jr.