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Effective Business Writing

Do you have a nagging suspicion that a small improvement in your writing skills might also improve your career prospects? Don't let small gaps in your business writing skills prevent you from reaching your full potential!

It doesn't matter whether you're a clerical worker, an engineer, or an executive. If you communicate with others in writing, you need this course to help you identify and eliminate problem areas. By the end of this course, you'll know the secret to developing powerful written documents that immediately draw readers in and keep them motivated to continue until your very last, well-chosen word.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

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Effective Business Writing Details + Objective

Course Code: ebw

You Will Learn
  • Learn brainstorming techniques that will help make writing easier
  • Understand how to sequence your ideas to be more effective
  • Learn the important skills of revising, formatting, editing, and proofreading
  • Get a grammar refresher
  • Learn to get the tone right and take negative emotions out of your writing
  • Learn how to say “no” without offending your reader
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain a solid understanding of good writing and how to produce it
  • Learn to better communicate with peers and colleagues through your writing
  • Take charge of your career and gain confidence by developing and enhancing a skill you will use every day
  • Open the door to more career opportunities and promotions as you learn to effectively communicate
Effective Business Writing Outline
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Week 1

Learn a brainstorming technique that will help make writing easier and more fun for you right away, and learn how to disentangle the efforts of your creative and critical sides, and you'll come to understand why both sides are important components of good writing. Then, learn a helpful system for organizing your writing, whether it's an e-mail, a formal letter, or a companywide memo.

Week 2

Discover the seven basic benefits you can offer your reader and how to write the crucial first sentence of your document. You'll also learn one more brainstorming technique that will help you capture good ideas, words, and phrases. Then, master seven strategies for putting your ideas in order and learn how poor sequencing can sabotage your efforts.

Week 3

Learn how revision is a process of exploration and discovery and formatting strategies that will invite your reader in. You'll also learn to be a ruthless editor and professional proofreader. Then, learn the important skill of writing clearly and concisely without using business clichés, jammed modifiers, trendy words, jargon, foreign words, redundancies, and hedging adjectives.

Week 4

Discover what words you should include to make your business writing more compelling. Then, look at strategies for good spelling and punctuation. Everyone needs this review! 

Week 5

Discover your grammar strengths and weaknesses to fill in the gaps that remain. Then, learn two easy ways to eliminate unintentional tone mistakes and defuse any negative emotions that might get in the way of your problem solving.

Week 6

Learn why being able to say “no” with grace is a crucial business skill and gain a solid strategy for writing documents that say “no” while retaining the goodwill of your reader. Finally, you’ll find out some of pitfalls of using e-mail, including its legal status in court. You'll also discover how to manage the tone of your e-mail so that it doesn't accidentally offend your reader.

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Effective Business Writing Instructors
Ann Linquist

Ann Linquist is a popular continuing education instructor on college campuses, at corporations, and with non-profit organizations. She has helped thousands of adults learn to tackle their writing tasks with enthusiasm. Having written everything from novels to newsletters, articles to ad copy, and poetry to proposals, Linquist is able to address the writing needs of each individual. The breadth of her background ensures a powerful, involving learning experience that builds on the strengths of each participant.

Effective Business Writing Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Effective Business Writing Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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