The Business Writing Skills course teaches the best practices business people must know to be able to write clear, effective, professional business documents, including e-mail, memos, letters, and reports. It teaches a structured approach to writing that makes writing easier and guides readers through the content. Graduates report that they receive high praise for their writing, and other employees begin to copy their style.
The course contains 12 practice activities and four competency examinations. The online lessons contain clear explanations and many examples. You go at your own pace and submit assignments when you are ready. The instructor evaluates the activities and examinations, comments on skills learned and skills that still need polish, coaches you through learning the skills, and certifies your competence. You receive a graduation certificate for framing at the end of the course.
You will go through the course at your own pace, so you could complete it within a few weeks. However, you have up to four months to complete the course so you can fit the study time into your schedule. All lessons must be finished within the four-month period.
For a shorter business writing skills course . . . BWC95 Business Writing Essentials - $147
For a more in-depth business writing skills course . . . Explicit Business Writing with Additional Training - $595
Choose strategies based on the goals and readers.
Prepare notes for your email, memo, letter, or report
Use special organizational patterns for some messages.
Write a clear, complete introduction.
For emails, letters, and memos, write a cordial beginning or buffer.
State the contents.
For reports, state conclusions and recommendations in the introduction.
Check each block for focus.
Check each block for completeness.
Use headings to open blocks.
For reports, write clear, complete, relevant explanations.
Write clear, simple, active-voice sentences.
For reports, write clearly and simply for non-technical readers.
Use words the reader will understand.
Format the email to be readable.