Frequently Asked Questions

What workshops do you offer?

We offer six distinct workshops, and we tailor each one every time we present it.  For a detailed description, just click on a title.

How long are the workshops?
Managing Writers is a 1-day training. All other workshops are available in 2-day and 3-day formats. Specialized workshops may be longer or shorter, depending on your requirements. We consider six hours to constitute a training day.

What's the maximum enrollment?
For Plain Language and Managing Writers, enrollment is limited to 15. For all other workshops, the maximum enrollment is 20. There are no minimums. We often work with groups of ten or fewer participants.

What does a workshop cost?
We charge a flat rate based on the length of the training; we do not base the price on the number of participants. Prices are available on request.

How is the training formatted?
Most clients schedule the training in 6-hour sessions over consecutive days. Some prefer to skip a day between sessions, and present the training on Monday-Wednesday-Friday or on Tuesday-Thursday of a given week. Others prefer four-hour sessions over consecutive mornings. We’re flexible, and we'll work with you to establish a schedule that’s both practical and convenient.

Can you schedule a workshop on evenings and weekends?
Saturdays, yes. Evenings, no. One current client prefers a Friday-Saturday format, and another schedules a workshop over three Saturdays in a row. We experimented with evening classes a few times, and while the participants were certainly motivated, by the end of a work day they were simply out of gas. The training requires concentration, alertness, and a critical mind – qualities in fairly short supply at the end of a day of work in aerospace engineering, accounting, law, or any other profession.

How do you customize the workshops?
We ask that you collect a sample of each participant’s on-the-job writing and send the samples to us at least two weeks before the training begins. From these samples we create writing exercises to reflect the situations, usages, and real challenges your employees encounter in their day-to-day writing. Some of the samples are used as examples for discussion and revision. Each presentation is carefully tailored to make the instruction practical, realistic, and immediately useful.

What are the deliverables?
We supply all of the training materials, and these are covered in the price of the program. Each of our workshops is accompanied by an outstanding manual that serves as a framework for the instruction. Copies of Plain Style and Punctuation at Work are optional. The Plain Language Handbook may be downloaded free of charge.

What are the on-site requirements?
We present the training at your site; you supply the room and the necessary equipment. Typically, the presentation requires no more than a flipchart and access to a photocopier. Very rarely do we use an overhead projector or PowerPoint.

How is the training evaluated?
If you have a unique evaluation form, we'll use it at the end of a workshop. Otherwise, we'll use our own, which is included in the back of every manual. We leave the evaluations with the training coordinator and arrange for feedback, usually by phone, in the following week.

Do you travel?
We train nationwide. When we travel beyond the immediate D.C. area, travel costs are added. We follow your organization’s standard procedures in terms of billing for travel (flight, hotel, rental car, and meals), and can set up a Firm-Fixed-Price or Not-to-Exceed contract. You are welcome to make the travel arrangements; we always do our utmost to keep travel costs low.

Do you work with individuals?
Yes. We offer one-on-one coaching sessions (tutorials). With rare exceptions these are paid for by the individual’s employer.

If I had two or three people to train, could I send them to one of your workshops?
Unfortunately, no. Every workshop we present is highly customized for a particular group at a specific organization. We don’t offer open-enrollment training.

Can you help me with ESL needs?
If we’re talking about group training, then the answer is no. Teaching English as a second language is a highly specialized endeavor, and we’d recommend that you work with someone who is expert in the field. We do frequently tutor individuals in upper management whose native language isn’t English, basically to improve their confidence in using the idiom.

Are you on the GSA schedule?
No. Federal organizations that contract with us go through the competitive-bid process, write a sole-source justification, or have an open OPM contract. We are registered in the CCR and have an IPP listing.

Do you offer discounts?
We discount when a client contracts for a series of workshops. The precise discount depends on the number of workshops scheduled and time of year in which the training occurs.

May I come watch?
Sure. We invite you to observe a session of a workshop. We believe you'd see why all of our clients, without exception, invite us to return time and again. Please call if you'd like a list of upcoming workshops, and we’ll make the necessary arrangements.

Can you send me a complimentary proposal?
Absolutely. But we’d need to talk first, because we’d need to discuss what your objectives are, how many people need to be trained, when you’d like the training to start, and so on.

Do you offer workshops in any subject other than writing?
No. Writing is what we know, and it’s all we do.

Additional Information
Price information, references, and resumes are available on request.

Lauchman Group
1324 Wild Oak
Rockville, MD 20852

Telephone 301-315-6040
Fax 301-838-9044

Our Clientele
ABB Environmental Services
American Bankers Association
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Architects
American Red Cross
American Security Bank
Agency for International Development
The Baldwin Group
British Aerospace
Bureau of the Public Debt
CAIS Internet
Central Intelligence Agency
Chevy Chase Federal Savings Bank
Defense Communications Agency
Defense Informations Systems Agency
Defense Intelligence Agency
Defense Logistics Agency
Defense Mapping Agency
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Energy
Department of Homeland Security
Department of the Interior
DoD Office of the Comptroller
DoD Office of Health Affairs
DoD Office of Family Policy Support and Services
Edison Electric Institute
Fannie Mae
Federal Aviation Administration
Federal Home Loan Bank Board
Federal Trade Commission
First American Bankshares
Freddie Mac
Goddard Space Flight Center
ICF Kaiser Engineers
I.M. Systems Group
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
InterAmerican Foundation
John Hanson Savings and Loan
Lockheed Martin
Military District of Washington
Mortgage Bankers Association
NASA Headquarters
National Archives and Records Administration
National Association of Child Care Resource
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National Education Association
National Institutes of Health
National Cancer Institute
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal
National Institutes of Science and Technology
National Ocean Service
Naval Research Laboratory
Nextel Communications
Northeast-Midwest Institute
Office of Technology Assessment
Perot Systems
Perpetual Savings Bank
Potomac Electric Power Company
Project Performance Corporation
Riggs National Bank
Ryland Homes
Sallie Mae
Small Business Administration
Smithsonian Institution
State Department
Technology Planning and Management Corporation
United Savings Bank
U.S. Geological Survey
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office