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Effective Writing for Business and Government Professionals

1 Day, 9:00-4:00, 6 Hours

Good writing is a skill you need to cultivate. You can learn to write well with the help of a few guiding principles. This course is designed to help business and government professionals create good business documents quickly and easily. Your success depends on the writing you produce and its effect on readers.

Course objectives:

  • Learn the writing process and elements of effective writing
  • Learn to organize and express main points clearly and motivate readers to act
  • Improve grammar and punctuation mechanics
  • Use a systematic approach to review, revise, edit and proofread documents
  • View before and after examples to show methods in action
  • Avoid ambiguous documents that result in corrective communication to clear up misunderstandings or lead to poor decision-making

Deliver the Goods Quickly

  • The writing process and successful documents
  • Know the purpose and objective
  • Understand your readers
  • Divide the writing process into four separate tasks
  • Jot down your main points in complete sentences
  • Write in full, rapidly
  • Improve and edit what you have written
  • Use graphics to illustrate and clarify

Develop Better Skills

  • Use plain-language writing
  • Be relentlessly clear and concise
  • Learn to summarize accurately
  • Waste no words
  • Use chronology when giving factual account
  • Be a stickler for continuity
  • Learn the basics of grammar
  • Get feedback on drafts from colleagues

Steps to Reviewing and Editing

  • Review outline
  • Paragraph review
  • Sentence and word review
  • Spelling and grammar check
  • Rewrite sentences
  • Final document review
  • Tips on reviewing other people's writing

Avoid Turning Off Readers

  • Don't anesthetize your readers
  • Watch your tone

Work with Various Forms of Business Writing

  • Emails
  • Letters
  • Memos and Reports
  • Performance Appraisals

Tools and Checklists

  • Checklist for the four stages of writing
  • Dozens of grammatical rules you need to know
  • Dozens of punctuation rules you need to know
  • Common usage gaffes
  • Do's and Don'ts of writing etiquette
  • Primer of good usage


  • Editing For Business & Government Professionals by Robert B. Rice


View Upcoming Schedule or Register for a Class

Is this the right course for you? Please contact our office at (202) 747-5000 if you have any questions.

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Private Group Classes

$2800 flat fee for 12 students

$3500 flat fee for 18 students

Have more or fewer students? Or, need to schedule more than one training day? Fill out our quote request form for a price quote based on your training needs

Why choose Softek?

  • Live, in-person training
  • Instructors with 10+ years of experience
  • Detailed training guide
  • Certificate of completion
  • Money-back guarantee