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Essentials of Business Writing
We all know what good writing is. It’s the novel we can’t put down, the poem we never forgot, and the speech that changes the way we look at the world. Good writing is the memo that gets action and the letter that says what a phone call cannot.
In business writing the language is concrete, the point of view is clear, and the points are well expressed. Good writing is hard work and even the best writers get discouraged. However, with practice you can feel more confident about your own writing. This workshop will give participants the tools to become better writers.
Essentials of Business Writing will give you a refresher on basic writing concepts (such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation), and an overview of the most common business documents. These basic skills will provide you with that extra benefit in the business world that a lot of people are losing.
The Four C’s
Learn four of the C’s of writing: clear, concise, complete, and correct.
Active and Passive Voice
Most people prefer to read writing that is in the active voice. Find out the best way to put this into practice.
Sentences and Sentence Types
Understand the structure of sentences and paragraphs and learn how to apply this knowledge.
The Gunning Fog Index, also called the readability index, determines the difficulty level of a written piece.
Manners and Courtesy
Courtesy is an important principle of good business writing.
It is important to use words that best reflect what you are trying to say.
The two basic rules for constructing sentences are: use construction that makes meaning clear and keep construction parallel.
Writing Business Letters
Learn the steps for writing a business letter, types of letters, and the parts of a business letter.
Writing Effective E-mails
Learn some tips on writing effective e-mails and managing mail.
Spelling and Proofreading
Identify common spelling errors and practice proofreading skills.
Memos are another challenge that many writers face. Learn how to write clear and concise memos.