Written Communication

  • 10 Courses | 3h 28m 18s
  • 11 Books | 22h 34m
  • 10 Audiobooks | 42h 58m 34s
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Effective written communication is essential in the modern workplace. Learn practical tips to improve your writing skills.

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COURSES INCLUDED

Audience and Purpose in Business Writing
Have you ever read a piece of business writing and found the message unclear? Writing well, like other communication skills, can be cultivated and improved. To write an effective  business message, you need to first know and understand your audience and your purpose for choosing written communication to convey it. In this course, you'll discover how improving your written communication aids in creating messages that convey the appropriate tone for different readers throughout the organizational hierarchy. You'll also explore how better writing can effectively fulfil its three most common purposes: to inform, respond, or persuade.
7 videos | 18m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Clarity and Conciseness in Business Writing
Being clear and concise in business writing isn't always easy. But writing well is essential in the workplace if you want what you write to be read, understood, and acted upon. In this course, you'll learn how improving your communication skills through better writing techniques can make your message clear and comprehensible. You'll learn how your written communication is more effective when you understand the importance of using familiar, concrete, and specific language. You'll also explore tips for being more concise in your writing and best practices for organizing content.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Editing and Proofreading Business Documents
All of us can think of a piece of business writing that's lacking a key point or contains an embarrassing typo or spelling error. From that point on, it becomes difficult to take it seriously, whatever it's topic or content. In business, solid, professional written communication is essential to the clarity and credibility of your message. In this course, you'll learn how improving your communication skills through better writing will help you produce more focused, polished, and effective business documents. It offers guidance on how to edit and proofread effectively, covering key areas, such as tone, structure, clarity, and accuracy, as well as common grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes to watch out for.
8 videos | 22m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
Using the Parts of Speech
Effective business writing is one of the most important communication skills in the workplace today. By writing well, using clear sentences and correct grammar, you can ensure your message is communicated to and understood by your intended audience. Unfortunately, the opposite is also true – poorly structured sentences can not only cause confusion, but may also damage your reputation. In this course, you’ll learn about the fundamental elements for better writing – the parts of speech. These are the building blocks of sentences, so learning about them can help you skillfully combine words into meaningful sentences. This course describes the eight parts of speech and shows how to use them effectively and correctly.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge
Getting the Details Right: Spelling Basics
Spelling errors are all too common, and are one of the main culprits behind poor business writing. A wrong letter here, an extra letter there, and your reader may lose confidence in your communication skills and overall competence as a professional. That's why writing well doesn't just mean writing persuasively - it also means knowing the rules, as well as the exceptions, of spelling. In this course, you'll learn how to spell words with prefixes and suffixes, and how to form the plural and possessive forms of words. You'll also learn general rules on how to spell correctly, as well as some handy tips for better writing in general.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge
Abbreviating, Capitalizing, and Using Numbers
Writing well is not just about constructing logical sentences. It also involves the correct use of abbreviations, capital letters, and numbers in your business writing. Knowing how to use them consistently is a strong asset to have as part of your communication skills. In this course, you’ll learn the basic rules of capital letters, abbreviations, and numbers. You’ll learn how to correctly abbreviate titles, names, locations, and countries, as well as how to capitalize direct quotes, titles, names of organizations, and product names, among other elements. In addition, you’ll explore other key elements for better writing – the forms and uses of numbers with dates and time, money, fractions, and symbols.
8 videos | 23m has Assessment available Badge
Using Punctuation Marks
Punctuation is the collection of marks used to separate sentences and their parts. Although appropriate punctuation is an undervalued part of your communication skills, it can make your business writing clear and less likely to be misinterpreted. In this course, you’ll learn the standard rules and guidelines for using punctuation marks, including the correct use of periods, question marks, and exclamation points. You’ll learn a crucial aspect of better writing that often causes much confusion – how to correctly use commas. The course includes rules for better writing such how to use different connecting and separating marks, like colons, semicolons, dashes, and hyphens. In addition, it shows how to properly use apostrophes, parentheses, brackets, and quotation marks.
7 videos | 20m has Assessment available Badge
Creating Well-constructed Sentences
Syntax is the grammatical term for arranging words to create logical phrases, clauses, and sentences. Well-constructed sentences express an idea by using the parts of speech in a logical order, and are essential for effective business writing. A misplaced modifier might get a chuckle out of the reader, but it reflects poorly on your communication skills. In this course, you'll learn some of the fundamentals for better writing – the parts of a sentence, such as the subject and predicate, as well as phrases and clauses. You’ll examine subject-verb agreement, as well as agreement between pronouns and their antecedents. You'll also discover some techniques for writing well, such as how to identify and fix common types of sentence errors.
8 videos | 24m has Assessment available Badge
Troublesome Words and Phrases: Usage Mistakes in Writing
The many nuances and conventions in the English language make it diverse and interesting; however, when it comes to writing well, they can also cause some difficulties. For better writing skills, you must familiarize yourself with some of the most common errors of usage. In this course, you’ll learn how to use commonly confused words correctly, including word pairs that sound alike and those that have related meanings. You’ll explore often misused verbs – for example, affect and effect or apprise and appraise – that can impede professional business writing. You’ll also learn some idiomatic combinations of verbs and prepositions that can be confusing and will put your communication skills to the test.
6 videos | 19m has Assessment available Badge
Improving Your Technical Writing Skills
For many professionals in the pharmaceutical, technology, finance, and similar industries, technical writing skills are an important part of day-to-day communication. Writing well in these industries isn’t just a matter of writing grammatically correct sentences; it also involves producing technical documents that are suited to the requirements, comprehension level, and background of their readers. In this course, you'll learn techniques for better writing that will help you avoid common pitfalls and structure your business writing more effectively. You'll find out how to tailor your written communication to the specific requirements of different types of technical material – so that whether you want to persuade or to instruct, you'll be able to achieve your writing goals.
7 videos | 18m has Assessment available Badge Certification PMI PDU
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BOOKS INCLUDED

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10 Steps To Successful Business Writing
10 Steps to Successful Business Writing provides you with clear and easy-to-follow tools to bolster your business writing skills. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 9m Book Authors By Jack E. Appleman

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Better Sentence Writing in 30 Minutes a Day
In Better Sentence Writing in 30 Minutes a Day, author Dianna Campbell equips readers to write with correct grammar and punctuation, as well as variety and precision. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Book Duration 12m Book Authors By Dianna Campbell

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Outstanding Business English
Providing guidance to non-native English speakers on how to communicate clearly and concisely, this book uses real-life international business scenarios to help develop your skills and provide you with some answers that even your boss might not know.
Book Duration 1h 54m Book Authors By Fiona Talbot

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Fundamentals of Business Writing
Through building and evaluating your own business letter, this groundbreaking self-study guide will help you write with clarity and style, so your ideas come across concisely and cohesively.
Book Duration 2h 24m Book Authors By Joseph C. Mancuso, Yvonne V. Chabrier

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Professional Writing Skills: Five Simple Steps to Write Anything to Anyone
Presenting a process to plan your message, and review techniques to keep your writing clear and concise, this workbook shows you how to save writing time and get results with each document that you send out for your job.
Book Duration 1h 34m Book Authors By Natasha Terk

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The AMA Handbook of Business Writing: The Ultimate Guide to Style, Grammar, Punctuation, Usage, Construction, and Formatting
Taking the guesswork out of more than 50 commonly used business documents, this helpful book covers key points of grammar, style and spelling, and presents strategies for writing more clearly, avoiding bias, eliminating cliches, and much more.
Book Duration 4h 47m Book Authors By Jennifer Wauson, Kevin Wilson

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Write Better Right Now: The Reluctant Writer's Guide to Confident Communication and Self-Assured Style
With straightforward guidance, this step-by-step manual gives you the solid techniques you need to get the task done and is the springboard to get you ahead in any job, passion project, or situation that requires writing skills.
Book Duration 3h 15m Book Authors By Mary-Kate Mackey

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Business Writing That Counts! Fifth Edition
Dramatically reducing the "dreaded thinking and organizing time," this book provides an easy way to shoot out effective reports, e-mails, and correspondence, thus increasing your productivity and improving your bottom line.
Book Duration 2h 45m Book Authors By Julie Miller

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Professional Writing Skills: A Write It Well Guide
Providing a step-by-step process for planning business letters, memos, e-mail, and other business documents, this handy guide offers busy professionals the tools they need to get their message across clearly, concisely, and professionally.
Book Duration 1h 56m Book Authors By Natasha Terk

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How to Write Effective Business English: Excel at E-Mail, Social Media and All Your Professional Communications
Offering case studies to illustrate how communication contexts can vary in different organizations, this book contains practical worksheets and exercises, and covers e-communications, including instant messaging, and effective social media writing.
Book Duration 1h 56m Book Authors By Fiona Talbot

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Executive Writing Skills for Managers: Master Word Power to Lead your Teams, Make Strategic Links and Develop Relationships
Focusing on writing as a key business tool, this helpful, practical guide deals with the English writing skills needed to keep one’s career rising, whether you are a non-native English speaker who needs reassurance, or an executive who lacks confidence in your writing abilities.
Book Duration 1h 42m Book Authors By Fiona Talbot
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AUDIOBOOKS INCLUDED

Audio Summary

The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course: Business Writing and Communication, Second Edition
The McGraw-Hill 36-Hour Course explores the essentials of communicating clearly through writing and provides you with a framework for maximizing your writing efficiency. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 19m 14s Audiobook Authors By Kenneth W. Davis

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How to Write Effective Business English: Excel at E-Mail, Social Media and All Your Professional Communications
How to Write Effective Business English provides a breakdown of potential pitfalls in today’s different forms of written communication and outlines the best ways to avoid them. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 20m 28s Audiobook Authors By Fiona Talbot

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10 Steps To Successful Business Writing
10 Steps to Successful Business Writing provides you with clear and easy-to-follow tools to bolster your business writing skills. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 20m 9s Audiobook Authors By Jack E. Appleman

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Better Sentence Writing in 30 Minutes a Day
In Better Sentence Writing in 30 Minutes a Day, author Dianna Campbell equips readers to write with correct grammar and punctuation, as well as variety and precision. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 23m 29s Audiobook Authors By Dianna Campbell

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Essential Grammar: A Write It Well Guide
Essential Grammar outlines the principal rules of grammar and punctuation, and uses various examples to demonstrate their application. In this Summary, we discuss the salient points of the book based on our interpretation of its contents.
Audiobook Duration 24m 55s Audiobook Authors By Natasha Terk

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Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul
This audio edition is considered one of the most dynamic and brilliant maps of inner reality and human potential available today.
Audiobook Duration 20h 58m 43s Audiobook Authors By Jane Roberts

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Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process
This audio edition offers a definitive guide to the crucial decisions regarding structure, diction, and tone that shape nonfiction pieces. Read by the author.
Audiobook Duration 6h 49m 11s Audiobook Authors By John McPhee

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Professional Writing Skills: A Write It Well Guide
This audio edition offers busy professionals the tools they need to get their message across clearly, concisely, and professionally.
Audiobook Duration 4h 32m 54s Audiobook Authors By Natasha Terk

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Essential Grammar: A Write It Well Guide, 3rd Revised Edition
This audio edition provides just what you need to write correctly and professionally in today's workplace.
Audiobook Duration 6h 24m 24s Audiobook Authors By Natasha Terk

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Effective Email: Concise, Clear Writing to Advance Your Business Needs
This audio edition will help you write concise, clear emails that advance your business needs.
Audiobook Duration 2h 25m 7s Audiobook Authors By Natasha Terk
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