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Business Skills

Course Type

Personal Development

Price Per Delegate

£345 +VAT
Public Scheduled Course

Price Per Course

£1,295 +VAT
On-Site at Customer Premises, Max 10 Delegates


1 Day

Full/Part Time

Part Time


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This course is intended for anyone who needs to communicate more effectively in writing with accuracy, style and impact.

Objectives:Recognise the challenges and skills of effective written communication. Write clear, concise, well structured business documents, using the appropriate language and correct punctuation and a presentable and stylish layout.

Course Preparation:

If possible, it is an excellent idea for delegates to bring examples of the types of written business communication that they will be required to do following their attendance on the course.

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Module One - The Challenges & Pitfalls of Written Communication
  • Barriers to Effective Written Communication
  • Good Communication Model
Module Two - Preparation & Planning
  • Key Planning Stages
  • Know Your Audience & Understand Your Reader
  • Setting Objectives to Achieve Results
  • Preparing an Outline
Module Three - The Stages & Structure of Business Writing
  • The 4 Key Elements of a Document
  • Writing Strong Starts & Closes
  • The ABCs of Written Communication
    • Accurate, Brief & Clear
Module Four - Image & Impact
  • Getting the Tone Right
  • Using the Appropriate Words & Phrases
    • Projecting a Positive Message
    • Passive vs Active Language
    • Unnecessary Words & Jargon
  • Word Power - Writing in Plain English
Module Five - Grammar & Punctuation
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Common Punctuation Problems
Module Six - Written Communication Types
  • Letters
    • Passing on Good News
    • Requesting Action or Information
    • Passing on Bad news
    • Selling an Idea, Product or Service
    • Responding to Complaints
  • Email Do’s & Don’ts
  • Email Protocols & Etiquette Rules
  • Reports - An Overview
    • Objectives
    • Structure & Layout
  • Proposals

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