Join Judy Steiner-Williams for an in-depth discussion in this video Using a writing process to avoid common errors, part of Business Writing Principles.
- [Voiceover] Have you ever stared…at that blank computer screen…or piece of paper and wondered…why something magical isn't happening?…Why you can't get started?…Why you can't think of what words to use?…Finally, you get that first sentence…on the screen and then keep adding to the messages,…thoughts randomly come to your mind.…If that's your writing process,…you're almost guaranteed of committing most…if not all of the common business writing errors.…All of the common business writing errors…are created by one major error.…
Not following the correct writing process.…You may think than an effective business writer…spends the majority of his or her time writing.…However, spending the most time in the writing stage,…causes business writing errors.…Each of the following potential errors…should be thought through before writing…and then reanalyzed after the document is written.…The message not being reader focused.…In the planning stage, you want to get…a clear idea of your reader.…How does a reader benefit from the message?…
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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.