Being able to clearly and succinctly describe your vision or what you want done is one mark of an effective leader. Verbose writers create a confused (at best) or adversarial (at worst) audience through their long-winded writing. No one should have to read a sentence more than once, and this seminar will show you how to shed those words and make your writing concise by trimming the fat from your sentences. The result: lean and muscular ideas.




  • Discuss why brevity is best  
  • Identify how to delete radio static, ineffective intensifiers and obvious inferences
  • Describe how to change your negatives to affirmatives 
  • Explain how to minimize adverbs, adjectives and prepositional phrases
  • Summarize how to diagnose and fix abstract writing
  • Determine how to avoid redundancies 


Join Trimming the Fat with subject expert Dr. Ben Opipari for this one-hour webinar on Thursday, February 4, 2016, 2:00 p.m. CST (1 p.m. MST, 12 p.m. PST, 3 p.m. EST). 


Bring together as many individuals as you wish in your office or chapter meeting space to this webinar.


  • Invite your colleagues
  • Invite your staff 
  • Invite your ALA friends



Thursday, February 4, 2016


Pacific 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.; Mountain 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.; Central 2:00 – 3:00p.m.; Eastern 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.


CLM Credits: (Note that only the CLM credit available for this webinar is stated below. If a credit is not stated, it is not available for this program.)


CLM  Application Credit: 1 hour in Writing Skills


CLM Recertification Credit: 1 hour in the subject area of Communication/
Organizational Management (CM)


CLM App Credit for Functional Specialists: 1 hour in the subject area of Communication/Organizational Management (CM) towards the additional hours required of some Functional Specialists to fulfill the CLM application.

California MCLE: The Association of Legal Administrators certifies that this webinar has been approved by the State Bar of California for 1 hour of MCLE credit.

MCLE/Other States: Credit may be available in other states but cannot be guaranteed. In all states, accreditation is dependent on individual state guidelines and filing regulations.


Ben Opipari is the founder of Persuasive Matters, where he delivers writing seminars and coaching to law firms around the world to help them perfect the art of clear and direct writing.  From 2006 to 2011 Ben was the writing instructor at Howrey LLP, a worldwide litigation firm.  There, he developed and implemented a writing curriculum for the firm’s 700 attorneys through seminars and coaching. Before coming to Howrey, he was the director of the writing center at Colgate University, where he taught in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric and trained students and faculty to be writing coaches.  Ben holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University and a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from The Catholic University of America.  He remains active as a writer, publishing in both the legal writing field and his doctorate field.  He is also a contributor to the health and music sections of the Washington Post. 

Seminar Information
Date Presented:
February 04, 2016 3:00 PM Eastern
1 hour
Registration Fee:
Trimming the Fat
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Association of Legal Administrators
CLMSM App Credit for Functional Specialists: 1.00
CLMSM Recertification Credit: 1.00
CLMSM Application Credit: 1.00
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