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How to Use Adverbs to Express Time [English Business Writing]

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our business writing. Fortunately, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, but there is some confusing grammar that global business writers need to watch.

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Topics: Business Grammar

How to Write For a Global Audience [16 unexpected examples]

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

As businesses become more international, so must our writing. Most of the time, good business writing skills transfer very well to global audiences, but there are some things that you want to keep in mind about intercultural relations. Lots of research has been done on this topic, so I’ll include links for further reading.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Business Letter and Business Email Salutations

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Dear Reader: Dear Reader, Hi Reader, Good afternoon, Reader: Hey Reader! Are you confused about shaping salutations in business letters and business email?

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Inanimate Possessives: two days’ time or two days time?

by Mary Cullen on Sun, Jan 22, 2017

A WISE CLIENT BUSINESS GRAMMAR QUESTION: “There was always one grammatical mix up for me, and I would like your advice on it. Do we write: I will finish in a week’s time or in a weeks time? In two days’ time or in two days time?”

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Topics: Business Grammar

I Am Sorry: How to Write a Business Apology Letter

by Mary Cullen on Fri, Jan 20, 2017

Here is a classic P.G. Wodehouse quote that so illustrates this misplaced focus of posturing to forge relationships: “It is a good rule in life never to apologize. The right sort of people do not want apologies, and the wrong sort take a mean advantage of them.”

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Business Email Salutations to a Group [Updated 2017]

by Mary Cullen on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

I wrote about correct salutations for business letters and business email, prompting a few clients to ask about which salutations work well for a business email to a group.

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Topics: Business Email Writing

How to Use i.e. and e.g. Correctly in Business Writing

by Mary Cullen on Thu, Jan 19, 2017

A client in a business writing course asked if the abbreviations i.e. and e.g. were interchangeable. They are not. Each has a specific meaning and use.

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Topics: Business Grammar

What is Business Writing? A Simple Definition

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Business writing is such an interesting application of writing. It’s very pragmatic.

Improving your business writing can propel both careers and businesses. It’s the channel that transmits nearly all business work and insight and interaction.

It flows up, down, laterally, internally, and externally to customers. It’s the foundation of business.

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Effective Global Business Writing Skills: Avoid Complicated Grammar

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Jan 16, 2017

As with all business writing, you want to be clear and to the point. Convey your message as simply as possible and move on. For a global audience, you don’t want to use complicated or challenging grammatical structures. Instead, it is better to write short, clear sentences with simple grammatical structures. For example, the following two sentences:

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Topics: Business Grammar

Improve Your Business Writing Skills: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Mary Cullen on Thu, Jan 12, 2017

It can be confusing when we either realize or are told that we need to “improve our business writing skills.”

“Better business writing" is a murky goal. How then, do we improve our business writing skills? 

In this post, I am going to outline six steps to start improving your English business writing today. This goes beyond business writing tips and tricks and lays out a simple step-by-step process for improvement.

You will learn how to correct common mistakes, tricks for better formatting, and how to reduce errors in your writing. 

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Topics: Business Writing Skills, Business Writing Training