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

The best way to deliver a clear message is by using the best words to communicate the information. Learn some tips to select the best words for a message, including choosing specific, recognizable words, avoiding clich├ęs and buzzwords, and limiting corporate jargon.

Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

2. Using Nondiscriminatory Language in Business Communication

Explore why it is important to use non-discriminatory language in all business communication. Review what discriminatory language is and examine rules to avoid discrimination in business communication.

Using Active Verbs and Active Voice in Business Communication

3. Using Active Verbs and Active Voice in Business Communication

Using active verbs and active voice in business communication can make a message more impactful and interesting. Explore active voice, active verbs, passive voice, and passive verbs in this lesson

Writing Effective Sentences for Business Communication

4. Writing Effective Sentences for Business Communication

Business communication relies on the ability to write well-developed, effective sentences. Learn about four different types of effective sentence structures, including simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.

Crafting Strong and Coherent Paragraphs in Business Communication

5. Crafting Strong and Coherent Paragraphs in Business Communication

Crafting strong and coherent paragraphs in business communications allows a message to reach the intended receiver effectively. Learn how to build strong business communications paragraphs by considering three main parts: topic sentence, supporting sentences, and transitions.

Structuring and Organizing Your Message

6. Structuring and Organizing Your Message

To effectively communicate in business, it is important to structure messages so that the receiver understands the flow of ideas. Explore different ways to structure and organize a message, including the general organizational, cause/effect, chronological, comparative, emphatic, and problem/solution patterns.

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 conveys as much information as does your text. Explore the four key areas of good visual design: consistency, balance, restraint, and detail.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

8. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

A parallel structure can make sentences, whether they are comparisons, lists, or conjunctions, sound better as each sentence maintains a consistent structure throughout. Learn about parallelism and how to write and identify parallel sentences.

Examples of Parallel Structure in Technical Writing

9. Examples of Parallel Structure in Technical Writing

Parallel structure is the use of the same grammatical form to help the reader understand that every idea is equally important. Explore parallel structure in technical writing, using a sentence revision example and three examples 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? 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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More Exams
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