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A non-accredited practical workshop to improve business writing skills by looking at common errors in sentence structure and style, as well as tips and techniques to write in various common business English contexts. Please bring your laptop to work on practical exercises. This course gives ample opportunity to practice each skill learned through peer review and direct feedback.

This two-day practical workshop will help you teach participants how to:

  • Use the five C's of writing
  • Ensure their writing meets basic grammatical standards, including word agreement, sentence construction, proper spelling, and punctuation
  • Differentiate between the active and passive voice
  • Learn to proofread and edit better
  • Write business letters and e-mails

Delivery Methods

Leading Training is focusing on providing virtual training courses for the foreseeable future and will only consider in-person and classroom training on request, with a required minimum group size of four delegates. We remain committed to offering training that is fast, focused and effective.

Delivery Method Duration Price (excl. VAT)
Fulltime 2 Days R 4,598.00
Webinar 2 Days R 3,698.00

Discounts Available

Save up to 10% by booking and paying 10 business days before the course.

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Audience

Anybody wanting to improve his/her writing skills and who does not require an accredited course.

 

Pre-Requisites

MS Word or document formatting experience is preferable. Please bring your laptop to work on practical exercises.

Course Outline / Curriculum

Why Write?

The first part of the day explores the possible business advantages of effective communication and what can go wrong with poor writing. This session will help participants identify the value of writing better and give them the motivation to put in the work to improve.

The Four C's

We cover in detail the four C's of good business writing: being clear, concise, complete, and correct. Participants will practice each C through writing exercises.

Word Agreement

Subject-verb agreement is complex and is a common area for mistakes.  During this session, participants will explore word agreement through a brief overview of the rules and a writing exercise.

Active and Passive Voice

Most people prefer to read writing that is in the active voice. We will discuss and practice both voices during this session.

Sentences and Sentence Types

This session will discuss the structure of sentences and paragraphs. Then, participants will apply this knowledge to a writing exercise.

Readability Index

The Gunning Fog Index, also called the readability index, determines the difficulty level of a written piece. Participants will apply the index to a sample and to their own work.

The Fifth C

Courtesy is an important principle of good business writing. During this session, participants will examine the use of tone and empathy and apply that to several business letters, helping them explore their own style and preference.

Common English Language Errors

It is important to use words that best reflect what you are trying to say. In this session, we will examine some common dilemmas (such as fewer vs. less) and suggested solutions.

Inclusive Language

Another key part of writing is political correctness. Participants will have an opportunity to re-write some exclusive terms to make them inclusive.

Sentence Construction

The two basic rules for constructing sentences are: use construction that makes meaning clear and keep construction parallel. Participants will re-write sentences that don't follow these rules.

Punctuation

During this session, participants will work in teams to develop a series of test questions for other teams. We have included some key points that you can use to debrief the test.

Writing Business Letters

This session begins with three lessons on the steps for writing a business letter, types of letters, and the parts of a business letter. Participants will then examine samples of business letters to determine the type and the parts of the letter.

E-mail Etiquette

These days, e-mail has become a universal method of communication. However, there are many questions of etiquette and few answers. This session will discuss some common dilemmas and our recommended answers.

Spelling and Proofreading

Proofreading carelessly can spoil a writer's best efforts. This session will help participants identify common spelling errors and practice their proofreading skills.

Writing Challenges

To wrap up the workshop, participants will work in small groups to identify their biggest challenges and some possible solutions.

Schedule Dates and Booking

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Note: places are only fully secured once payment has been made.

Leading Training is focusing on providing virtual training courses for the foreseeable future and will only consider in-person and classroom training on request, with a required minimum group size of four delegates. We remain committed to offering training that is fast, focused and effective.

Start Date End Date Branch Status  
Wed 20 Oct 2021 Thu 21 Oct 2021 Woodmead Provisional
Wed 17 Nov 2021 Thu 18 Nov 2021 Woodmead Provisional