Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Practicing by writing more, part of Business Writing Principles.
- [Voiceover] Practice makes perfect.…Whether you want to improve your golf, yoga,…cooking or writing skills, you need to practice.…Each time we practice the techniques or principles,…we are reinforcing the correct process or procedures.…The more we practice correctly, the better we become.…With enough practice and effort,…we eventually become proficient and may even excel.…So let's start practicing, so that you can become…that business writer who gets noticed.…Even though the following example is only 61 words,…with normal average sentence lengths…of about 20 words, it needs to be revised.…
At this point in time, we are in consideration…of changing the holiday choices,…so we are sending you this email to ask you a question.…We would like to know if you prefer regularly…scheduled holidays or floating holidays.…You can give us your choice on the form…that we have attached and send it back to us by Friday.…Look at the wordy phrases.…
Once we decide on the actual purpose of the message…and revise it to make it concise,…
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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.