The simple truth is most non-native business people struggle to present their ideas through written text effectively with confidence. This course will help you or your team to develop professional writing skills. Effective English business writing is one of the most important skills for personal and organizational success.
English has emerged as the leading language of business. Today 1.75 billion people speak English at a useful level. Being able to command the English language has become a valuable professional skill.
Albert Saiz professor of economics at MIT estimates being able to speak English as a second language can increase your income by 10 to 20 percent.
The secret to being a great English writer is the ability to refine complex ideas and express them concisely.
The good news is this is exactly what we teach you to do in this course.
This course will help smart, technical, analytical professionals whose writing is complex and whose writing matters in the information flow of the company.
Even if you are not a native speaker of English, we will teach you how to write complex and important documents like:
This course is probably not for someone with an elementary proficiency of English who is not looking to use English in a professional setting.
Business writing is an essential skill for every working professional. It is critical that you can communicate with individuals both inside and outside of your organization. Write to minimize confusion, avoid expensive mistakes, and evade 50-thread email chains.
The point is your company (and your job) depends on clear communication.
So many business professionals continue to make the same embarrassing mistakes and feel overwhelmed when synthesizing and communicating complex information to multiple audiences.
If you are feeling overwhelmed by reports, emails, meetings, and interruptions then there is probably a breakdown in your writing process.
Our clients continually tell us that they didn't even realize the mistakes and missed opportunities they were making every day.
Imagine being able to quickly and effectively write communications. Making it easy for colleagues, auditors, compliance, executives, or potential clients to understand your message.
Remember –– the goal of this course is to teach you strategies to become a more strategic business writer. This means you will be able to present complex information clearly, regardless of the type of document and audience.
In this course, you will also get individual feedback from the instructor. To actually improve your business writing skills, you need both course instruction and feedback on your actual writing.
During the course, you will apply what you are learning in mini writing tasks. These tasks are designed to reinforce what you are learning in that section of the course. Additionally, after submitting actual writing exercises, you will receive both subjective and objective feedback from your instructor.
This course is identical to our Effective Business Writing Techniques course but also includes additional grammar and syntax instruction, as well as detailed instructor guidance.
This module outlines the necessary foundation for writing better content and process. We will work with you to develop specific learning goals that you want to achieve by the end of the course. This will help us to define your specific skill gaps when writing for an English business audience.
[Download the full course outline]
Learn our step-by-step process to write more effectively for an English business audience. After this module, you will be able to synthesize complex technical concepts clearly, and convey them through written text. You will be able to organize better and help your reader respond accurately. The ability for you to communicate complex information logically is a huge competitive advantage. We will also teach you how to avoid writer's block, write faster, and reduce errors.
Learn how to organize your documents for clarity. Nothing is worse than getting a document that is difficult to understand due to poor organization. This module includes tips and tricks on how to organize the beginning, middle, and end of your document and make it quick to scan.
Learn how to write better internal documents. Better communication inside your organization can lead to fewer meetings, higher productivity, and less chaos. A poll by The Economist found 83% of employees report that poor business language skills have resulted in an adverse impact on their organizations. We're here to help you strengthen your internal communication skills.
[Download the Full Course Outline]
Learn best practices when writing to external stakeholders. A writing mistake to a team member may be overlooked, but you can be sure it will be noticed by a new customer, supplier, or regulator. It is crucial you can communicate professionally with external stakeholders.
Email now accounts for over 25% of our time in the workplace according to a study from McKinsey Global. In this module, we show you how to save time and better manage high email volume. Learn how to structure and write emails that get results.
[Download the full course outline]
Report writing can be a daunting task if you do not have a strategy. We will provide you with an overview of the components for a report and teach you to write more clearly. You will learn how to drastically improve your report effectiveness by learning how to write a comprehensive executive summary.
In this module, we share the best tips for organizing and presenting information. Clear writing ensures your reader understands your main points. You will also learn how to format documents depending on their purpose. A clear format will guarantee your work looks complete, professional, and engaging to your reader.
[Download the full course outline]
Do you want to learn how to choose the right words in English? Natural word combinations are an important part of writing a clear document. In this module, we focus on improving clarity through word choice. This will help you to eliminate unnecessary jargon and bloat. You will learn how to choose language that is focused on achieving the goals of your document. Your instructor will identify your errors and provide a customized correction strategy.
Style and tone may change depending on the type of document you are writing. An internal memo or email is different than an external letter or report. In this section, we will teach you how to convey confidence in a polite tone. Imagine being able to write in a natural English style and tone. Your tone is a reflection of you as a writer and affects how your reader will receive the information.
[Download the full course outline here]
Public Affairs Executive
Mary founded Instructional Solutions in 1998, and is an internationally recognized business writing trainer and executive writing coach with two decades of experience helping thousands of individuals and businesses master the strategic skill of business writing. She excels at designing customized business writing training programs to maximize productivity, advance business objectives, and convey complex information.
Mary leads the project management and instructional design on customized courses. She also personally teaches the first courses launched for a client, and trains the instructors who lead ongoing training.
She lives in Princeton, New Jersey where she enjoys yoga, running, cooking, tinkering with new technologies, and most especially her family.
Katie is an experienced English as a Second Language instructor, tutor, and teacher trainer. She is currently teaching Business Communication and Academic Writing at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
She is very skilled at evaluating both the substance and language of business documents. Her writing critiques and instruction have received stellar evaluations from our clients at DuPont, Liberty Mutual, and Greenwood Resources.
She holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Areas of expertise include business writing, English as a second language, and writing as a second language.
She loves to travel, has intermediate level Spanish skills, and is working on her French for her next trip. She lives in Boston when she is not traveling.