Business Writing Skills

English is the language of international business and, therefore, it is very important that Business people are able to adequately express themselves in spoken and written English.  In order to communicate effectively in written English, a business person must not only possess a good understanding of the English lexicon and related syntactical structures and rules but he must also be able to use the appropriate lexical and syntactic structure in particular types of written business correspondence. In this highly interactive course, participants will learn situation-specific vocabulary and grammar structures they can use to write clear and compelling emails, reports, proposals and CVs through group work and a variety of practical exercises.   The aim of this course is to provide participants with practical and essential writings skills that will enable them to communicate effectively in different formats so they can achieve optimal business outcomes in English-speaking markets.

The programme includes:

  • The guidelines of business writing
  • The different purposes of sentences: declaratives, interrogatives and imperatives
  • Simple / compound / complex-compound sentences: clauses, coordinating conjunctions and collocations
  • Phonological and grammatical punctuation: pauses, emphasis and sentence structure
  • The registers of written English: formal, consultative and informal
  • Cover letter and CV writing skills: structure, adjectives and abbreviations
  • Email and letter writing skills: addressing, formulating content, concluding, signing off
  • Proposal writing skills: executive summary, statement of need, project definition and budget analysis
  • Report writing skills: title, summary, introduction, body, conclusion, appendixes
  • Memo writing skills: bullet lists, headings and calls to action
  • Common grammatical mistakes and how to avoid them

Participants will learn how to:

  • Construct meaningful simple, compound and complex-compound sentences
  • Construct sentences for specific purposes
  • Structure different types of written correspondence (emails, letters, reports, proposals, memos)
  • Use grammar structures and punctuation appropriately in different types of business correspondence
  • Avoid common grammar mistakes in written English

Who should attend?

  • Managers
  • Project managers
  • Sales representatives
  • HR professionals
  • Marketing professionals
  • Secretaries
  • Personal assistants