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Basic Writing and Grammar Skills for Business

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Basic Writing and Grammar Skills for Business

"It ain't whatcha write, its the way atcha write."
- Jack Kerouac, writersrelief.com

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Business correspondence influences judgments about competence and professionalism. Improve your writing skills by reviewing the essentials of good grammar, punctuation and business writing. This seminar is designed for professionals at every level in the organization who want to improve their writing.

Lee Schmucker in the classroom.

Please bring to class two samples of business correspondence you composed.

Writing as a communication form

  • The purpose of communications
  • The focus of communications
  • The importance of grammar
  • The eight parts of speech


Write to increase readership

  • Fog index
  • Short sentences
  • The KISS principle
  • Less is better


Write to be understood

  • Say what you mean
  • Reduce the shock of “NO”
  • All verbs are not equal
  • Parallel
  • Link ideas


Correct grammar increases understanding

  • What’s a comma worth?
  • Punctuation pointers
  • Agreement rules


Ways to organize the message

  • Upside pyramid
  • The pyramid
  • Inter-office memos


Writing hints

  • Getting started
  • Three R’s of editing
  • Writing for someone else

Everything was to the point and it was a very helpful course. The lunch was also fantastic!  She taught very well and kept the class engaged.”

Michael Nuzum, Bradbury Company, Moundridge, Kansas

EVERYONE can stand some attention to writing skills.  Even if you’ve been to college, writing is one of the worst traits Americans have. Come polish up your written reputation.

Substitutions are free and must be done prior to the start of the class or certificate program.

Cancellations or rescheduling must be received in writing and full refunds will be given up to four business days prior to the start of class.

Any cancellation or reschedule submitted with three or less business days notice is subject to a $35 charge on 1 or 2 day classes and a $75 charge on certificate programs.  

No refunds after the first day of the class or certificate program.

This class is a popular on-site program, often done for several departments at once.  Call me to discuss the options.  Paula.Seiwert@wichita.edu

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