Powerful Business Writing #2 – How to Write in Fewer Words
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Powerful Business Writing #2 – How to Write in Fewer Words

Boost your business writing skills – tips & cheat sheets for concise, professional and powerful writing.
4.0 (84 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
743 students enrolled
Created by Caroline McDevitt
Last updated 6/2018
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 43 mins on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 17 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Write shorter, more concise messages – with confidence.
  • Produce powerful, professional written communication.
  • Write simple, yet elegant content.
  • Select the most compelling words.
  • Learn the secrets to eliminating wordiness.
  • Cheat sheets to keep beside your computer.
  • The desire to write concisely and with confidence.
  • Sound English writing skills – the course does not include grammar theory.

The fewer words you write, the more impact you make.

Your written communication is punchy, to the point and enticing for your readers.

Do you write for business? Client emails, essays, marketing material, technical reports – or simply need to produce your best written communication?

You, too, can write concise content – and convey powerful messages.

“This course is well-planned and well-presented. The instructor teaches from a foundation of experience in writing business messages – marketing, internal communication and other standard business fare. This makes for a decidedly "business-friendly" class rather than one packed with complex rules about grammar and structure.”

“Interesting course and easy to follow. I'm already cutting down on wordiness and achieving better results. Good examples and cheat sheets.”

Often less is more. The fewer words you have on a webpage, brochure or email the more impact you can have.

This powerful business writing course will boost your writing skills with techniques and cheat sheets for concise, professional and powerful written communication. 

Forget grammar theory; think easy-to-follow examples and business-oriented content. Your business writing will:

- Make more impact
- Be more succinct and powerful
- Grab readers’ attention
- Hold readers’ attention

“Material/delivery clear and concise. Enjoyed the exercises. Instructor very knowledgeable.”

“Course has been extremely helpful with my university assignments.”

“I was surprised at how quickly my writing improved… The examples and exercises are relevant and easy to follow, and I will continue to refer to the material in my current role.”

Reduce wordiness and produce more professional writing.

In this fast-paced business writing course, I share my secrets to writing concise content and powerful messages. I reveal simple techniques to keep your words down and your message compelling – giving you the confidence to write concisely, with ease.

I’ve created cheat sheets you can print and keep next to your computer for easy reference, and exercises that will hone your business writing skills.

Start writing business communications with confidence – content that gets noticed and is read to the very end.

Complete this business writing course in as little as three hours, and continue to use the material as a reference.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who writes – whether it’s for business, university or school
  • You should have sound English writing skills as the course does not include grammar theory
  • Marketing executives
  • Content managers
  • Executive assistants
  • Secretaries
  • Sales executives
  • Technicians who write reports
  • Engineers
  • Real estate agents
  • Public servants
  • Defence personnel
  • Journalists
  • Teachers
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 01:47:02
+ Introduction to powerful business writing
3 lectures 06:51

Two easy techniques to get you writing fewer words immediately.

Improve your writing instantly

The power of simplicity

Why is it so important to keep our writing simple? We look at writing from the reader’s perspective – and how to hold their attention.


  • Simple steps to clear, concise writing
  • Key messages: planning and how to make them stand out
  • An introduction to word choice
Preview 03:05
+ Keep your writing simple
2 lectures 06:38

Write powerful paragraphs

Learn how to write paragraphs that keep your readers engaged.


  • Key messages – keeping to one idea per paragraph 
  • Paragraph length – generally, the shorter, the better 
  • Topic sentences to introduce the main idea of the paragraph
  • Presentation – how to make your paragraphs more reader-friendly
  • Reviewing your paragraphs 
Write powerful paragraphs (updated Mar 2016)

Exercise – powerful paragraphs

Test your paragraph construction skills.

Exercise – write powerful paragraphs
4 pages
+ Language
8 lectures 10:04

How to choose the best words for your piece of written communication.


  • The importance of planning, and writing with your audience and objectives in mind 
  • Why – and how to – replace complex words with simple ones 
  • Jargon – and using the best language for your audience 
  • Being precise for effective writing 
  • ‘…ing’ words and how to avoid them 
Preview 06:21

Your guide to replacing complex words with simple ones – to make your message easier to understand.

Cheat sheet – word choice
2 pages

Hone your word selection and ability to be concise.

Exercises – word choice
9 pages

They may be catchy and easy to write, but clichés can be a product of lazy writing.


  • What are clichés? 
  • Why avoid them? 
  • How to avoid them 

Your list of all-too-common clichés – and more powerful alternatives.

Cheat sheet – clichés
1 page

Should you use a neutral and indirect euphemism, or a less wordy, more direct option?


  • What are euphemisms?
  • The positives and negatives of using euphemisms
  • Reduce words by eliminating euphemisms

Reduce words by replacing euphemisms with more direct messages.

Cheat sheet – euphemisms
1 page

Practise replacing clichés and euphemisms with more powerful, less wordy statements.

Exercises – clichés and euphemisms
7 pages
+ Reduce wordiness
8 lectures 12:08

Write efficiently

Learn how to write more powerfully – in fewer words.


  • The beauty of simplifying and deleting 
  • How to halve your word count 
  • ‘It’ and ‘there’ – why and when not to use these words 
  • How to use description effectively 
  • Adjectives to avoid 
  • When to merge two sentences into one 
Write efficiently – use fewer words

Cheat sheet – write efficiently

Eliminate wordy statements by replacing two, three or even four words with just one.

Cheat sheet – write efficiently
2 pages

Exercises – write efficiently

See how concisely you can write now.

Exercises – write efficiently
9 pages

Redundancy and repetition

Learn how to identify redundant and repetitive words and phrases – and how to rid your copy of them.


  • Eliminate redundancy without damaging your message 
  • Deleting redundancy – examples 
  • Different words – same idea 
  • Deleting repetition – examples 
Redundancy and repetition

Cheat sheet – redundancy and repetition

Halve your content by identifying and eliminating redundant words or repeated ideas.

Cheat sheet – redundancy and repetition
2 pages

Exercises – redundancy & repetition

Test your ability to identify redundant and repetitious words and phrases – and improve wordy text.

Exercises – redundancy and repetition
10 pages

Making your point

Ensure you get to your point – and your messages cut through.


  • Planning – your objective, key messages, audience 
  • Ensure your readers can scan for the key points 
  • Make your key message stand out 
  • How to avoid hiding your message in fluff
Making your point

Exercises – making your point

Practise identifying the key points and making your point stand out.

Exercises – making your point
7 pages
+ Review
2 lectures 02:07

Final exercise

Put your new writing skills to the test. Make a welcome message concise and compelling by:

  • Eliminating unnecessary words and repetition
  • Making it active
  • Keeping it simple
Final exercise
9 pages

Course summary

You now know why less is more. Your writing should be punchier, more powerful and more enticing for your readers.

Here’s a summary of the many simple techniques you can use keep your words down and your message compelling.

Course summary
+ Review & bonus resources
2 lectures 06:13

More examples showing how fewer words make more impact. 

Bonus case studies

Get your free writing tips and advice + exclusive course discounts.

Bonus lecture: free resources & discounts