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Ch 3: Business Writing Skills

About This Chapter

The Business Writing Skills chapter of this Business Writing: Help & Review course is the simplest way to master business writing. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of business writing.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering business writing material will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn business writing skills. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding business writing
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning business writing (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about business writing skills
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra business writing learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the business writing skills chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the business writing skills chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any business writing question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a business writing skills unit of a standard business writing course. Topics covered include:

  • Word selection
  • Nondiscriminatory language
  • Grammar in business communication
  • Parallel sentences
  • Visual design of messages

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Business Writing Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

1. Selecting the Best Words for Your Message

Workplace communication depends upon delivering messages effectively through the use of professional writing. It is critical to understand how to select the best words for your message.

Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

2. Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

In this lesson, you'll learn the importance of avoiding discriminatory language in business communication. We will look at why it is essential to use the correct word choices when discussing gender, age, disability, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

Using Active Verbs and Active Voice in Business Communication

3. Using Active Verbs and Active Voice in Business Communication

The use of active verbs and an active voice in business writing will allow you to create communication that is clear, direct and easy to understand. Passive voice should be avoided as it can cause confusion and misunderstanding in your messages.

Writing Effective Sentences for Business Communication

4. Writing Effective Sentences for Business Communication

Business writing hinges on the ability to craft well-developed sentences. Learn about four different types of sentence structures that can be used to build a professional, well-received message.

Crafting Strong and Coherent Paragraphs in Business Communication

5. Crafting Strong and Coherent Paragraphs in Business Communication

Employers view the ability to write effectively as a necessary skill. Crafting strong and coherent paragraphs in business communications allows a message to reach the intended receiver effectively.

Structuring and Organizing Your Message

6. Structuring and Organizing Your Message

In order to build an effective business message, it is important to structure your communication so that the receiver understands the flow of ideas. This lesson explains six different formats to consider when writing your message.

Visual Design of Your Message: Consistency, Balance, Restraint & Detail

7. Visual Design of Your Message: Consistency, Balance, Restraint & Detail

The visual design of your message is critical to the successful delivery of your ideas. Consistency, balance, restraint and detail are the four key areas that need to be addressed to allow a professional impression of your work.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

8. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Examples of Parallel Structure in Technical Writing

9. Examples of Parallel Structure in Technical Writing

It is important to use parallel structure in order to create clear and concise technical writing. This video defines parallel structure, provides examples of correct and incorrect parallel structure, and shows how parallel structure might look in different forms of technical writing.

How to Write a Book Proposal

10. How to Write a Book Proposal

Many people dream of writing the next ''New York Times'' bestseller, but they don't stop to think about how to actually get their book published. This lesson explores the basics of writing a successful book proposal.

How to Write a Job Description

11. How to Write a Job Description

Many recruiters and human resource associates have the task of writing job descriptions. It's important for them to know how to write a good job description. Learn how to write a job description and study an example.

How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

12. How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

Do your staff or students need letters of recommendation? There really is an art to writing a great letter. This lesson will outline the basic rules and structure that will help you to write the perfect letter or recommendation.

How to Write a Business Thank You Letter

13. How to Write a Business Thank You Letter

As a part of your work, you may be in charge of writing thank you letters for your customers and clients. This lesson covers the general structure and some tips for writing the perfect letter!

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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