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Business Writing Essentials: Master the Basics

Take the fear out of writing professional business documents - learn strategies that will help you write like a pro!
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Created by Shelly Downey
Last updated 2/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 11 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
You will be able to identify business writing basics
You will be able to write clearly, simply, and concisely
You will be able to apply the five steps of effective business writing
You will be able to analyze some commonly misused words and recognize how to choose the correct one
You will be able to demonstrate proper punctuation usage
You will be able to write effective business emails, memos, and letters
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Requirements
  • A good command of the English language
  • A desire to write more effective business documents
Description

UPDATED February 2017: Sections 2-5 have been updated. Added a new lesson in Chapter 2 called How to Keep Your Writing Concise.

In most businesses, good communication is one of the most important skills that you can have. And you need excellent writing abilities to clearly convey ideas. How well you communicate could even have an effect on the jobs you are offered. In order to be seen as a professional communicator, you must be able to write effective emails, memos, and letters.

What You Will Learn

Here's what you'll discover in this course:

  • Why good communication is so important (by completing a fun exercise!)
  • Hints and tips to make writing easier
  • How to stand out from the crowd by keeping your writing simple, clear, and concise
  • Which words are commonly misused (by many people!) and tricks to help you choose the correct word EVERY TIME
  • How to stop making those embarrassing mistakes when you write

Lots of Practice

A workbook is provided so you can follow along with the exercises. You will begin with the basics of good business writing, including how to keep your business writing concise. You will practice proofreading sentences.

You will learn which words are commonly misused and some tricks to help you choose the correct word. You will then learn how to properly construct each type of document.

You will complete a quiz at the end of each section to test your knowledge. At the end of the course, you will know how to effectively write basic business documents.

Why YOU Should Take This Course

Just think about having more effective writing skills. Think about how impressed your boss will be. Whether you are new to business writing, or just need a refresher, this course will help you.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who wants to learn to write business emails, memos, and letters more effectively
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 27 Lectures Collapse All 27 Lectures 01:11:29
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Introduction to the Class
2 Lectures 00:58

Effective Business Writing Workbook
9 pages
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Business Writing Basics
3 Lectures 11:47

In this lecture, you will complete an activity that shows the importance of effective communication.

The Importance of Communication
02:57

In this lecture, you will learn three key points to consider when writing for business and five tips for better business writing.

Preview 06:09

How to Keep Your Writing Concise
02:41

Quiz Description
Effective Communication Quiz
3 questions
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Steps to Effective Business Writing
2 Lectures 08:23

In this lecture, you will learn the five steps to effective business writing. You will complete a writing exercise using these steps.

Preview 03:59

In this lecture, you will learn some tips for better proofreading and practice proofreading some sentences.

Proofreading and Editing Tips
04:24

Quiz Description

Business Writing Basics Quiz
4 questions
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Commonly Misused Words
1 Lecture 06:05

In this lecture, you will learn how to properly use some often misused words. You will get some hints as to how to quickly choose the correct word.

Some Commonly Misused Words
06:05

Quiz Description

Commonly Misused Words Quiz
5 questions
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Using Punctuation and Capitalization
2 Lectures 06:26

In this lecture, you will learn the rules of comma usage.

Rules of Comma Usage
02:46

Quiz Description

Using Commas Quiz
3 questions

In this lecture, you will learn the rules of capitalization.

Capitalization
03:40
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Writing Business Emails
6 Lectures 09:03

In this lecture, you will learn some basic email etiquette that should be applied to every email that you write.

Basic Email Etiquette
03:51

In this lecture, you will learn how to put together an effective business email. We will go over all of the parts of an email and what they should contain.

How to Write an Effective Email
03:24

In this section, you will practice preparing some effective business emails.

Activity: Write Effective Emails
01:48

Email Exercise 1 - Sample Solution
1 page

Email Exercise 2 - Sample Solution
1 page

Email Exercise 3 - Sample Solution
1 page

Quiz Description

Writing Business Emails Quiz
3 questions
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Writing Business Memos
5 Lectures 05:18

In this lecture, you will learn how to create an effective business memo. We will go over all of the parts of a memo and what each part should contain.

How to Write a Business Memo
03:30

In this section, you will practice preparing some effective business memos.

Activity: Write Effective Memos
01:48

Memo Exercise 1 - Sample Solution
1 page

Memo Exercise 2 - Sample Solution
1 page

Memo Exercise 3 - Sample Solution
1 page

Quiz Description
Writing Business Memos Quiz
3 questions
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Writing Business Letters
5 Lectures 05:00

In this lecture, you will learn how to put together an effective business letter. We will go over all of the parts of a letter and what they should contain.

How to Write a Business Letter
03:20

In this section, you will practice preparing some effective business letters.

Activity: Write Effective Letters
01:40

Business Letter Exercise 1 - Sample Solution
1 page

Business Letter Exercise 2 - Sample Solution
1 page

Business Letter Exercise 3 - Sample Solution
1 page

Quiz Description

Writing Business Letter Quiz
3 questions
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 00:29
Conclusion
00:29
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