Exceptional Business Writing and Goof-Proof Grammar
Learn how to communicate clearly and effectively and avoid blunders that sabotage your credibility with this business writing course
Give your writing style a complete makeover in just two days!
Your writing style speaks volumes about who you are. Crisp, clear mistake-proof business documents reveal a powerful, take-charge professional who's going places, fast! On the other hand, slipshod errors, dull, dry prose and grammar gaffes give the impression of someone who is sloppy, careless and not to be trusted with important assignments.
If you want to shore up your writing skills and make sure others see you as a confident, capable communicator, this dynamic business writing class is not to be missed! It's challenging, lively and so entertaining, you'll be amazed at how fast the time flies. Rest assured, this program is in NO WAY like that elementary school grammar period you snoozed through way back when! We've made sure the content of this training workshop is fun, fast-paced, high-energy and reflects the latest research into adult learning techniques.
Day 1: First Things First
A fun, confidential assessment of your writing skills
How your personality affects your written communication style — are you Visual? Auditory? Kinesthetic? A combination?
The secrets for adapting your style to communicate more easily with different personalities
6 questions to ask yourself about your project before you write even one word
Writer's block got you stalled out? 5 idea-generating methods to jump-start your brain!
Patterns of order — what are they? How do you know which is best for your document?
Day 1: Ready, Set, Write!
How the A.I.D.A. method can help you organize your document for maximum impact
Proven openings (all of them tried and true) that grab your readers' attention from the get-go
Ways to let your own personality shine through in your writing, no matter how business-oriented your document is
How to use business language without sounding forced or stilted
Tips for creating a natural, conversational tone while maintaining overall professionalism
The art of keeping your message positive, even if you are the bearer of bad news or negative information
How to "unbloat" your writing by using fewer words that carry greater impact
Why you should use "nickel" words, but avoid "quarters"
Tips to catch and eliminate redundant wording and phrases
How to pepper your writing with strong action words that mean business and get results
The power of persuasive language throughout your written document — get others to "see things your way"
A call to action: the perfect ending for a document
Day 2: Grammar and Punctuation Ground Rules — Back to Basics
Where were you during high school grammar class? A quick review of what you know (and what you've forgotten!):
Subjective and objective pronouns
Active and passive voice
Do's and don'ts of capitalization
How to present numbers in writing
When is a sentence not a sentence? When it's a fragment! When you can safely use sentence fragments, and when you shouldn't
4 main sentence types — simple, complex, compound, compound-complex
How sentence structure affects your writing for better or worse
Topical and special paragraphs — what's the difference?
How to write a powerful closing paragraph that'll knock 'em dead!
5 types of transitions — how to use them to "smooth the way" and lead readers through your document
Slang, jargon, and clichés, and how to purge them from your writing (your readers will thank you!)
Words and expressions to steer clear of (some readers may find them sexist or offensive)
The most commonly misused words in business writing — which are you guilty of using?
Day 2: Proofread for Perfection
7 "hazards" to watch for when editing a document (yours or someone else's)
Why you should never, ever rely exclusively on your computer's spell-checker to catch spelling errors
Common proofreading marks used by professionals
Special techniques editors use to ferret out tricky typos, punctuation problems, and other hard-to-see mistakes
How a proofreading "team" can make short work of proofing financial or other numerical data
Day 2: Writing Skills You Positively Can't be Without
Not sure about the best way to structure a letter? 4 effective business letter "templates" you'll use again and again
How many adjectives are too many? How to apply the "less is more" strategy to your writing
Ways to trim the fat and cut the fluff from longer documents — keeping them readable, interesting, and effective
Savvy secrets for crafting memos and e-mails that are clear, easy to read, and to the point
When it's your turn to take meeting minutes: surefire tips for getting the most important information on paper fast
Super-effective letter-writing techniques for soothing angry, disgruntled clients (and keeping their business!)
The art of the written thank you (don't "gush," just be straightforward and sincere)
How to write letters of support and encouragement
The power of the written word to sell, persuade, convince, and win people over to your way of thinking
This event is eligible for the following continuing education credits: