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Rob Parkinson

Writing for Results Inc.

420 Gloucester Street, Suite 1610
Ottawa, ON K1R 7T7
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Experienced public speaker, available to talk to groups and associations about editors and editing.


Freelance writer, editor and teacher who specializes in briefing notes and briefing books.


Writing for Results Inc. provides freelance writing and editing to prepare clear, crisp and compelling briefing notes and briefing books. The firm also designs MS Word templates for complex reports.

The company also delivers a two-day workshop on how to write briefing notes.  We have delivered these workshops to hundreds of federal public servants in dozens of departments and agencies.  For details, please visit Writing for Results Workshops.  You will find participants' comments here.  

To achieve clients' goals, we follow a holistic process.  For detailed guidance on our process, visit Writing for Results, a 390-page manual on briefing notes and briefing books.  You can also find 274 templates for briefing notes and briefing books here.  Each template is available in MS Word and WordPerfect.

 For a super-summary of guidance on writing briefing notes, you may want to visit Classic Format of a Briefing Note.

Writing for Results Inc. has an A+ accreditation with the Better Business Bureau.



Rob Parkinson is the Director of Writing for Results Inc. He has over 40 years of experience in management communications—gained as a consultant, an instructor, a manager, an editor and a writer in both government and the private sector.

He has specialized in briefings for senior executives for over 20 years, including six years in the Deputy Minister's Office at Natural Resources Canada. While there, he designed the department's standards for briefing notes—bringing about substantial improvements in the quality of material prepared for the Minister and the Deputy Minister.

Rob sees his mandate as a communicator as being to achieve management's objectives by reaching the optimal audience with:
   the optimal content;
   the optimal medium; and
   the optimal organization, format, style and grammar of the message itself.

Rob has a B.A. from Trent University and an M.B.A. from the University of Ottawa.

In addition to being a member of the Editors’ Association of Canada, he is a member of:
  International Association of Business Communicators;
   Plain Language Association International;
   Clarity International; and
   Center for Plain Language.



Editorial Skills

  • Abstracting
  • Desktop publishing
  • Indexing
  • Layout and design
  • Online editing
  • Plain language
  • Rewriting
  • Structural and substantive editing
  • Stylistic editing
  • Writing


  • Briefs, précis, and executive summaries
  • Business materials, general
  • Correspondence
  • E-books
  • E-materials, general
  • Educational materials, general
  • Government materials, general
  • Guidebooks
  • Manuals and how-to books
  • Policies and procedures
  • Reports, other
  • Websites


  • Administration
  • Earth sciences
  • Government
  • Sciences, general