Asynchronous work allows us to prepare in advance for more effective meetings and workshops. However, too much preparation means we read slides. Slides are presentations, not in-depth writing. You’ve seen what happens when people try to use slides for in-depth information. They: Cram too many words on the slide. Use pie charts instead of tables or time series data. “Dumb down” information too often. That’s because slideware is the wrong medium for preparation for complex thinking and working together. Instead of slideware, we can create useful—and possibly brief—prose writing to prepare for our synchronous work. In this workshop, Johanna will present approaches to writing asynchronously to prepare for successful synchronous work. Please prepare by considering what you want to write about. We will focus on writing for your colleagues, although you can use these ideas to write any kind of nonfiction.


Learning objectives:

  • Identify the five different parts of writing.
  • At least three tips you can use for any kind of writing.
  • How to identify your ideal reader.
  • Several ways to set the context for your writing.
  • Why data helps your writing and how to display it.



  • Johanna Rothman