The art of clear communication: learn simple rules to communicate more clearly about anything with anyone

Workshop category: 

  • Knowledge translation and communicating evidence
Date and Location


Thursday 24 October 2019 - 11:00 to 12:30


Contact persons and facilitators

Contact person:


Ried J1, Leo V2, Lu CL3, Plachcinski R4
1 Cochrane Central Executive, Germany
2 Cochrane Iberoamérica, Spain
3 Centre for Evidence-based Chinese Medicine, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, China
4 Consumer Executive, UK


Cervera Alepuz A1, Thompson ET2
1 Cochrane Iberoamerica, Spain
2 Cochrane Central Executive, USA
Target audience

Target audience: 

Anyone communicating in an international environment and to different audiences

Level of difficulty: 

Type of workshop

Type of workshop : 



Background: Cochrane is an international organisation with members and supporters from around the world. Cochrane wants health decisions everywhere in the world to be informed by high-quality evidence. We have to be able to communicate clearly with each other within our diverse community. And we need to communicate about our evidence in such a way that people with different backgrounds can understand it. Much of Cochrane’s material is translated into different languages and formats. The clearer the source material, the easier it is to translate.

Objectives: to share with participants of all backgrounds simple rules that they can use to write clearly to other people and about their reviews, in order to improve communications to different audiences and within the Cochrane Community.

Description: we will introduce and explain simple rules and tools that everyone can apply when they write in English or other languages, whether it is emails to colleagues, or results of their reviews. Facilitators from non-English-speaking countries and consumers will explain with concrete examples why it is important to consciously write clearly. Workshop participants will practice the rules with examples from different scenarios: communication with colleagues or about reviews.