Using Plain Language To Tell Our Stories

Use templates to craft simple stories with purpose.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET

Hosted by and the Plain Language Community of Practice

Being able to tell a story is a great talent. People who can tell stories can  motivate people to act, help organizations transform, and highlight our government mission successes.

Some of us don’t do it naturally; we have to learn it. In this session, Bethany Blakey will provide some templates and approaches for crafting simple stories to suit our purpose.

View the slides (PowerPoint presentation, 17.6 MB, 34 pages)


  • Bethany Blakey, Chief Modernization Strategist & Director of Innovation Adoption for the General Services Administration (GSA), Technology Transformation Service (TTS)

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q & A. Please submit questions in advance by emailing We will answer as many questions as time allows.

The Plain Language Action and Information Network (PLAIN) is a group of federal employees from different agencies and specialties who support the use of clear communication in government writing. Join the Community of Practice.