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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (We recommend Firefox or Chrome).
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
Instructional material requirements:
- The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
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?
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.