American Management Association

AMA’s 2-Day Business Writing Workshop

Available dates

Nov 25—26, 2019
2 days
San Francisco, California, United States
USD 2195
USD 1097 per day
Dec 5—6, 2019
2 days
Arlington, Washington, United States
USD 2195
USD 1097 per day
Dec 9—10, 2019
2 days
Chicago, Illinois, United States
USD 2195
USD 1097 per day
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About the course

Would you like a quick and easy method for composing documents—letters, memos, reports, proposals and performance appraisals—in an organized format? This business writing workshop provides you with basic formats and formulas for tackling any kind of writing task—and communicating to your readers what they need to know. You’ll streamline your process for effective business writing and save time by focusing on what to write instead of how to write it. Bring a current project and get one-on-one feedback.

How You Will Benefit

  • Quickly organize your thoughts and generate content
  • Eliminate numerous time-consuming revisions
  • Rid your writing of "fluff," so you'll generate concise content

What You Will Cover

  • Formats and formulas for various writing requirements
  • Gaining familiarity with powerful openings and closings to capture and retain attention
  • Thinking logically by blocking ideas and structuring your document using information modeling
  • Identifying your reader's needs and expectations to establish the purpose and focus
  • Organizing ideas and generating content
  • Learning how and when to use the appropriate tone, persuasion and positive and negative words
  • Techniques for editing and proofreading the final version

Special Feature

You may also choose to bring an existing sample writing piece for one-on-one feedback.


Guidelines for Effective Business Writing

  • Understand the Principles That Ensure Effective Business Writing
  • Understand the Need for Planning and Establishing Purpose
  • Meet the Reader’s Needs and Expectations
  • Use Techniques for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Writing the First Draft

  • Learn Techniques for Achieving Clarity and Precision in Daily Business Writing
  • Understand the Role of Word Choice
  • Construct Sentences That Are Clear and Direct
  • Use Linking Words and Phrases in Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Understand Active and Passive Voice and Parallelism
  • Employ Various Patterns of Organizing Information

Memos and Letters

  • Review Guidelines for Writing Effective Memos and Letters
  • Understand the Importance of Opening Sentences
  • Learn How and When to Use Persuasive, Positive and Negative Words
  • Know How to Use Appropriate Tone

Composing Email

  • Know the Guidelines for Writing Effective Email
  • Understand the Importance of Subject Lines

Editing and Proofreading the Final Version

  • Recognize Common Proofreading Errors
  • Practice Techniques for Effective Editing and Proofreading
  • Review Methods for Revising the First Draft
  • Avoid Sexist or Offensive Language
  • Review List of Often Confused Words

Who should attend

Business professionals at all levels who want a quick and easy approach to effective business writing.

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Seminar #2211 AMA's 2-Day Business Writing Workshop

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