What this course is about
Effective writing is a powerful tool in any environment. This course is geared towards today’s professionals especially within the reality that solid writing skills are more important than ever before.
Learn how to articulate your thoughts in a clear and concise manner that will allow your ideas to be better understood by your readers. Improve your professional writing skill by learning to select and use appropriate formats for your audience, use the correct medium and adjust your writing style accordingly, as well as identify your objective and communicate it clearly.
You will also learn to spot, correct and avoid the most common writing pitfalls, and gain valuable experience analyzing, writing and revising a wide spectrum of business documents. From a simple inter-office memo to a twenty-page business proposal, learn how to put good business writing to work for you.
What you will learn
- Writing for a specific context, audience, and purpose.
- Choosing the right level of formality for that context.
- Choosing the right structure (or template) for the task at hand.
- Writing jargon-free communications that are clearer and more concise.
- Self-checking for content, structure, expression and style.
Who is it for?
- Early or mid-career professionals who need to learn or improve their core skills in business writing.
- Technical people moving into managerial roles
- People returning to the workforce after extended leave
- Office managers wanting to adopt current best practice in their workplace.
- Communication team members
- All staff members involved in writing any form of material to be used within or by the organisation.
Business Writing Skills
• Writing in business settings
• Writing formal and informal reports
• Writing presentations
• Writing proposals
• Writing blog posts
Editing Your Business Writing Effectively
• Planning and organising your business writing
• Style and language choice
• Grammar and punctuation review
Professional Email Writing
• General principles of professional email writing
• Informal vs. formal style in email writing
• Presentation of emails
• Email writing etiquette
Editing And Proofreading Skills
• Editing or proofreading: what’s the difference?
• Basic editing techniques
• Consistency and style – names, numbers, dates, capitals, terminology
• Proofreading – the final check
• Proofreading methods
The courses use a mix of interactive techniques, such as brief presentations by the facilitators and the participants, role plays (rehearsed and impromptu) individual and group feedback and post-classroom session online evaluation and mentoring sessions.
June 22 & 23, 2017
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