Clear Writing Through Critical Thinking

The ability to clearly reason through problems and to present arguments in a logical, compelling way has become a key skill for survival in today’s world. Elevate’s Clear Writing Through Critical Thinking seminar will give you some practical tools and hands-on experience with critical thinking and problem solving to ensure that your writing is clear, concise, and persuasive.

Module 1: Understanding Critical Thinking

•What is Critical Thinking?

•Characteristics of a Critical Thinker

•Common Critical Thinking Styles

•Making Connections

Module 2: The Critical Thinking Model

•The Standards of Critical Thinking

•Identifying the Issues

•Identifying the Arguments

•Clarifying the Issues and Arguments

•Establishing Context

•Checking Credibility and Consistency

•Evaluating Arguments

•Case Study

Module 3: A Critical Thinker’s Skill Set

•Asking Questions

•Probing Techniques

•Critical Thinking Questions

•Paying Attention

Model 4: Creating Explanations and Dealing with Assumptions

•Defining Explanations

•Steps to Building an Explanation

•Making Connections

•Dealing with Assumptions

Module 5: Applying Critical Thinking to Your Business Writing

•Putting It Into Practice

•Presenting and Communicating Your Ideas to Others

  • Learn to write clear, complete, concise, and correct
  • Improve sentence construction and paragraph development
  • Deal with specific business requests
  • Learn to thoroughly document sources used in your writing
  • Define critical and non-critical thinking
  • Identify your critical thinking style(s), including areas of strength and improvement
  • Work through the critical thinking process to build or analyze arguments
  • Develop and evaluate explanations
  • Improve key critical thinking skills to write more effectively
  • Use analytical thought systems and creative thinking techniques
  • Prepare and present powerful arguments


  • Participant workbook 
  • Presenter slides and outlines 
  • Case Studies and Media as appropriate 
  • Role-play scenarios 
  • Post-training assessment 

Room Requirements 

  • Internet access for the presenter 
  • Screen 
  • Projector (if not ceiling mounted then a table or cart will need to be provided)
  • Training room must be able to comfortably accommodate the number of participants plus room to move around for various activities) 
  • Rounds or pods, a small table for presenter’s materials, chairs for all participants
  • One Flip chart and easel for each round table (for small group work) and markers

Additional Requirements 

  • Elevate will choose training facilitators whose background and expertise will support the subject matter and goals of the client 
  • Instructors will use a variety of instructional methods including lecture, group projects, discussion, and role play 
  • Participants are expected to be actively engaged in the learning process 

To customize your seminar please call 646-416-6441 or email