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Discover the secrets to effective business writing and crafting messages that others want to read and act on. Judy Steiner-Williams, senior lecturer at Kelley School of Business, introduces you to the 10 Cs of strong business communication and provides you with before-and-after writing samples that give you the opportunity to apply each principle and sharpen your communication skills. Judy also points out common grammar and writing mistakes and shares special considerations for formats like emails and reports.
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- Old habits can be hard to break, but you now understand how important being an effective business writer is to your career. You also know the techniques to use that will get you noticed as an effective business writer. So you must continue following the writing process, and practicing those techniques to hone your skills. Remember that 4/5 of your time should be spent planning and revising. Trying to remember everything to incorporate and checking to see if all the guidelines were followed can be time-consuming.
However, the good news is that eventually clear, concise, complete and considerate, correct, courteous, credible, conversational, coherent, and concrete writing will become your default setting. You will be able to apply those techniques to letters, reports, emails, memos, any type of business document you have to compose. Keep telling yourself that a natural born writer is a myth. Those writers you admire and envy? Well, the truth is, they usually draft five or six times before they're satisfied with the version you see.
So what next steps will you take to become that mythical natural born writer? You might want to devise a checklist with examples to look at as you write. Try comparing and contrasting your current improved written documents with those you've written in the past. The difference will probably be noticeable. Rewrite your past documents, applying your new approach. Ask those who read your business messages if they notice a difference. Often you will receive unsolicited positive comments. You may even see others trying to emulate your new methods because they will see how much easier your documents are to read and understand.
OWL is an online writing lab that provides an English handbook and numerous grammar and punctuation exercises to practice. Other related lynda.com courses to investigate are Writing Fundamentals: The Craft of Story, and Public Speaking Fundamentals. So the next steps are up to you. Only you know how much effort you are willing to put into becoming an effective business writer. The greater the continued effort, the greater the reward in terms of advancement, money, time saved and confidence in your writing.
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