Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Making your writing coherent, part of Business Writing Principles.
- Have you ever described a person as speaking incoherently?…What did you mean when you used that term?…You probably meant you couldn't understand the person…or what the person was saying made no sense.…That's basically what incoherent writing is.…It doesn't make sense.…The reader can't understand the writer's message.…You want your writing to be recognized as coherent writing.…Think of coherent writing as writing that holds together,…a message that flows well.…All parts fit together and all the ideas connect.…
Have you ever stopped reading something…because you were uncertain how the ideas connected?…Did you ever have to re-read an email…because you thought you'd missed something?…If you are the writer, you know how the ideas connect.…But remember that the reader isn't…seeing the connection through your eyes.…Have you ever had a conversation with someone,…and when you finished speaking, that person…made a comment that seemed to have nothing to do…with what you were saying?…Consider this conversation:…You, excitedly: "Let me tell you about the car i just bought!…
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- Define business writing.
- Describe how to make your writing concise and complete.
- Identify the elements of a clear message.
- List examples of concrete requests.
- Use a writing process to avoid common errors.
- Address common grammatical and punctuation errors.
- Identify special considerations for emails, reports, and memos.