Writing and Grammar Skills Training

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This Writing and Grammar Skills Training class is for business professionals who may be intimidated by writing because they are unsure of their grammar, punctuation, and spelling skills as well as overall basic writing skills. This class is designed to take the mystery out of writing and help business people apply proper writing styles to their written business communication.

  1. Why Proper Writing and Correct Grammar Are Essential for Successful Business Writing
    1. Making the Right First Impression
  2. Basic Grammar Rules
    1. Parts of Speech
      1. Nouns
      2. Pronouns
      3. Verbs
      4. Adjectives
      5. Adverbs
      6. Prepositions
      7. Conjunctions
      8. Interjections
    2. Subject-verb Agreement
    3. Parallel Construction
    4. Complete versus Run-on Sentences
    5. Hypercorrection
      1. Common Hypercorrections
      2. When It's Okay to Use "Me"
  3. Punctuation
    1. Periods
    2. Commas
    3. Colons and Semicolons
    4. Apostrophes, Single Quotation Marks, and Double Quotation Marks
    5. Question Marks and Exclamation Points
    6. Dashes and Hyphens
    7. Parenthetical Elements
  4. Word Usage
    1. How to Use the Right Word
    2. What Is the Appropriate Tone for the Document: Formal or Informal?
    3. How Familiar Is Your Audience With the Language (Jargon) of the Industry?
    4. Does Your Audience Need to Be Persuaded, or Is It Already on Board with the Topic?
    5. What Do You Want the Audience to Do after Reading the Document?
    6. Look It Up: Using a Dictionary for Proper Spelling and Usage
    7. Commonly Confused Words
  5. Capitalization
    1. Words that Are Always Capitalized
    2. Words that Are Never Capitalized
    3. Headings and Titles
  6. Choosing the Correct "Person" and "Tense"
    1. Three Types of "Persons"
      1. When to Write in First Person
      2. When to Write in Second Person
      3. When to Write in Third Person
    2. Using Correct Tenses in Business Writing
      1. How to Use Past Tense in Business Writing
      2. How to Use Present Tense in Business Writing
      3. How to Use Future Tense in Business Writing
  7. Sentence Structure
    1. Simple Sentences
    2. Compound Sentences
    3. Complex Sentences
    4. Compound-Complex Sentences
  8. Writing Styles and Tone
    1. Formal Business Writing
    2. Informal Business Writing
    3. Diction
  9. Writing Clearly and Concisely
    1. All-inclusive Language
    2. Salutations in Letters
    3. Pronouns
    4. Names and Titles
    5. Gender-free Language
    6. Including Everyone for the Sake of Gaining Buy-in
  10. Getting to the Heart of the Message
    1. Omitting Unnecessary Words
    2. Avoiding Meaningless Phrases
    3. Jargon
    4. Using Paragraphs Correctly
    5. Expository Paragraph
    6. Persuasive Paragraph
    7. Descriptive Paragraph
    8. Narrative Paragraph
    9. Paragraph Length
  11. Proofreading Your Work
    1. Ensuring Your Writing Is Error Free
    2. Reviewing and Editing
    3. Ensuring Consistency in Your Writing
    4. Using Spell Checkers
    5. Using Grammar Checkers

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