March Event - Contract Communication

March 08, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Red Lion Richland Hanford House IceHarbor/McNary Room
802 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99352

We communicate with suppliers and contractors on a regular basis.  Training [and auditors] have taught us to communicate in writing in order to build a contemporaneous record in the contract file.  That’s important! However, when written communication is vague, unclear or ambiguous; the net effect may be adverse.  

Unfortunately most of us developed writing skills in school where complex prose, building suspense and long paragraphs were praised. Likewise we have generally been exposed to legal documents from a lawyer’s perspective – with circumspect, over-qualified and long run-on sentences which sound official – but can only be deciphered after lawyers spend hours wrangling in front of a judge.   And that is a problem. We are not writing for the Hugo award, we are not writing letters to our Grandmothers nor are we writing legal briefs. 

In my opinion, written communication with contractors has to be different. Fortunately, there are some simple changes we can make in our writing style to be more direct, understandable and effective. 

In our discussion at the NCMA meeting on March 8, we’ll talk about pitfalls in contract communication and suggest ways to improve the effectiveness and value of your contract correspondence.

Read more….

Here is a great example of our tax-dollars at work - providing very helpful advice from the government.

Here is an older article of mine on the same subject

Here is an example of practical application:

Read more from Taylor at:  /  Articles  / Supply Chain Toolbox


Mike Taylor, C.P.M.



Looking forward to seeing you there!


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