Ten Tips for Improving Your Analytical Writing

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About This Course

This mini-course offers 10 key tips for improving your analytic writing from a former senior CIA analytic manager who reviewed thousands of analytic products. By the end of this course you’ll be able to avoid common pitfalls that can distract your reader from understanding your product’s message, believing it, or even deciding to read it in the first place. If you consistently follow these tips, your managers and editors will spend less time fixing your work and more time appreciating your analytic skills.

Cost: FREE

Format: Self-paced

Length: One hour

Category: Professional skills

Target audience: Everyone who writes for a living



Included in this course:

  • Ten modules of instruction devoted to the most critical elements of the analytical writing process
  • Lifetime access to the course
  • Downloadable “Top 10 Tips” sheet

In this course you’ll learn how to: 

  1. Purge your prose
  2. Use strong topic sentences
  3. Link the title, executive summary, and body
  4. Use evidence effectively
  5. Avoid pronoun confusion
  6. Use commas properly
  7. Make the proper word choice
  8. Avoid unit modifier mayhem
  9. Avoid squishy terms
  10. Self-edit like a boss
Chris Savos

Chris Savos

About the Instructor

Dr. Chris Savos is Vice President of Special Projects at JTG, Inc. and is leading the Proficiency1 effort. He has extensive experience as an executive manager, leader, and analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he worked on a range of sensitive international security and foreign policy issues for more than 20 years. Dr. Savos was also a Principal at a homeland security consulting firm and Director of Operations at a software startup in the Middle East. He currently designs and delivers unique leadership, analytic, and professional skills training and development programs to a range of clients in the Intelligence Community and the private sector. You can learn more about him at www.chrissavos.com.