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Business and Report Writing Introduction

COURSE TYPE

Foundation

Course Number

219

Duration

3 Days

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Today’s technology has made everyone in the workplace a writer — leaving your reputation and success increasingly dependent on how well you communicate. In this training course, you gain foundational knowledge in business writing, and leverage effective writing tools to create contract proposals, business plans, executive summaries, recommendation reports, and internal business communications.

You Will Learn How To

  • Develop writing skills to convey a credible message
  • Compose concise messages using a structured writing process
  • Adapt your writing to your audience's needs
  • Fine-tune language to improve persuasiveness and impact

Important Course Information

Requirements:

  • Strong proficiency in the English language
  • Basic knowledge of English grammar

Recommended Experience:

  • Experience with Microsoft Word

Course Outline

  • Why Good Business Writing Matters
  • Key benefits for the business
  • Increasing your business effectiveness
  • Identifying key communication problems
  • Supporting Business Objectives

The benefits to the writer

  • Enhancing your professional image
  • Improving career choice

The business writing process

  • Breaking writing down into a clear process
  • Scheduling tasks for completion
  • Planning for Your Audience

Adapting to audience needs

  • Contextualizing your writing
  • Eliminating barriers between you and your readers

Leveraging different communication styles

  • Deciphering clues to style preferences
  • Responding and relating well to your readers
  • Structuring Your Documents

Identifying the macro structure of business documents

  • Handling the business document paradox
  • Classifying different types of business documents

Developing the micro structure template

  • Recognizing key topics
  • Structuring raw material
  • Organizing information to highlight gaps
  • Writing Reports that Address Business Problems

Recognizing the business impact

  • Defining the criteria for a quality business document
  • Identifying the business impact of the problem
  • Demonstrating the value of confronting the situation

Recommending solutions

  • Conducting effective research
  • Applying decision-making criteria
  • Tying your recommendation to the organization's mission
  • Highlighting Benefits to Your Readers

Facilitating your readers' understanding

  • Managing paragraphs using topic sentences
  • Incorporating your readers' words
  • Avoiding synonyms

Ordering your information

  • Writing effective headings
  • Reducing inferential load
  • Structuring sentences to signal benefits
  • Writing to Persuade Your Readers

Honing your writing to improve persuasiveness

  • Tying your writing to the decision-making process
  • Making credible claims
  • Avoiding oversimplification
  • Influencing your audience to value your ideas
  • Creating an effective Executive Summary

Presenting information

  • Improving bulleted lists by showing words in tables
  • Highlighting alternatives to aid rapid decision-making
  • Prioritizing business solutions
  • Countering opposition
  • Saying What You Mean in E-mail

Writing clearly

  • Prioritizing your subject
  • Optimizing word choice
  • Differentiating between active vs. passive voice
  • Eliminating pronouns and modifiers

Writing concisely

  • Choosing a style appropriate for audience and context
  • Revising to heighten impact

A professional approach to e-mail

  • Respecting readers' time, interest and ability to focus
  • Extinguishing flame wars
  • Crafting relevant subject lines
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Course Tuition Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

After-Course Computing Sandbox
You'll be given remote access to a preconfigured virtual machine for you to redo your hands-on exercises, develop/test new code, and experiment with the same software used in your course.

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Training Hours

Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

FREE Online Course Exam (if applicable) – Last Day: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
By successfully completing your FREE online course exam, you will:

  • Have a record of your growth and learning results.
  • Bring proof of your progress back to your organization
  • Earn credits toward industry certifications (if applicable)

Enhance Your Credentials with Professional Certification

Learning Tree's comprehensive training and exam preparation guarantees that you will gain the knowledge and confidence to achieve professional certification and advance your career.

Earn 17 Credits from NASBA

This course qualifies for 17 CPE credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPE program. Read more ...

Earn 17 PDUs


PMI, the Registered Education Provider logo, PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP,
and PMBOK are marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.

This course is approved by PMI® for 17 professional development units (PDUs). For more on the Project Management Institute and a full list of courses approved for PDUs.

Technical : 10 PDUs
Business & Strategic : 7 PDUs

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“The Learning Tree Course on business and report writing provided a safe place to get feedback on my writing, from my instructor and classmates.”

- K. McGhee, Program Coordinator
NASFAA

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