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Advanced Business Writing Skills

Advanced Business Writing Skills



Imagine commanding your skills so well that business writing becomes not a worrisome chore, but a welcome challenge—one you know you can handle. This is what our Advanced Business Writing Skills workshop prepares you for.

English is a difficult language to master.  It goes without saying that business English is an essential skill in the workplace as most companies conduct business transactions in English in South Africa.

Companies record business activities in business writing, such as letters, reports, proposals, emails, policies and minutes of meetings.  These documents, both paper based and electronic, are a trail of many business transactions and decisions.

In some instances, the quality of business writing has been negatively impacted by the “instant demand and access” times we live in.  People appear to be too impatient to write a full sentence with grammatically sound paragraphs.  There is just too much to do.  This attitude towards business writing is risky.  The corporate world is intolerant of sloppy emails and poorly composed reports.  The corporate world is competitive.  A grammatically sound and carefully edited sales pitch could well “seal the deal” over a sloppy, last minute rushed report.

Introduction to Effective Writing

  • Know your reader      
  • Define your readers   
  • How your readers read                      
  • Keep it short and tight
  • Short, tight paragraphs
  • Short, tight sentences
  • Say what you mean
  • Positive Words
  • How to begin and end business writing
  • How to start a letter
  • Formal letters
  • How to start an email            

The Rule of Three

Using Plain English: Style & Mechanics

The Seven C’s                                    

Was/Were & Is/Are


Email Etiquette

It has always been said that, "We only have one chance to make a first impression." In today's business world, that first impression is often in the form of an email.                                         

Exec summaries - How to summarize

Principles that ensure effective business writing

Writing Purposeful Paragraphs

Partner with your readers 

Prepare readers to understand, remember and act 

Dealing with Specific Requests – Learn how to write special documents explicitly 

 Business Documents - How to write a:

  • Business case
  • Request for proposal
  • Formal report
  • Where would you start?

 Editing and Proofreading the Final Version


On-Site Workshops

  • All workshops are offered in-house at your offices to a minimum of 5 delegates
  • You provide the venue and refreshments, Front Foot supply all the workshop material – including laptops for computer-based training sessions

Remote Workshops

  • All workshops are offered remotely to a minimum of 5 delegates
  • Front Foot supply all the electronic workshop material


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