Every mid-to-senior level business position requires writing important, but challenging, documents — performance appraisals, annual division achievement reports, sales plans, business plans, product value propositions, regulatory reports, sales email templates, white papers, etc. Breakthrough any blocks and write an impressive, clear document that advances your career.
This course + coaching model is an ideal way to master a major document requirement, hone business writing skills, and receive individual business writing coaching. Coaching will be fully focused on the major document you need to write.
This training includes two virtual one-on-one coaching sessions to plan and review any document and ensure future writing is strong.
This course is a great fit for you or your organization if:
Each course lesson progressively improves a different facet of your writing skills, with instructor review and coaching. At the end of the course, you will be able to plan, draft, edit, and evaluate documents with skill and efficiency.
This is a practicum course — participants plan and write their own actual document during the course, with instructor guidance, so the training is highly pragmatic, relevant, and immediately applied to work.
After completing the course, you will earn a personalized certificate. You can display your certificate in the certification section of your LinkedIn profile, download it to print, or mention it in your résumé.
In this training, you will receive individual feedback from the instructor. To truly improve your writing skills, you need both course instruction and feedback on your actual writing.
During the course, you will apply what you are learning in sequential writing tasks that build to a final actual work document. After submitting each exercise, you will receive both subjective and objective feedback from your instructor that also resolves your specific blocks that impede your writing.
The course includes two live coaching sessions, one to address the unique aspects of the document you will write and one to review the final document at the end of the course.
If your company decides to host the course as an onsite workshop, we will conduct group activities to help your team become better report writers. These tasks are designed to reinforce what you are learning in that section of the course.
This advanced business writing course + individual coaching is split into 11 detailed modules.
Meet your instructor and support team. Share your specific course goals and tell us about the document you're writing.
Learn a practical framework for writing any business document. This six-step process helps you understand the strategies needed to write clearly and professionally. Spend 30% less time on every document you write.
This applies to all documents — white papers, reports, pitch documents, briefs, strategy presentations, performance reviews, etc.
We address the tools and best methodologies to generate information and plan documents to ensure the substantive information is accurate and well organized and to help you write most efficiently.
This module concludes with a live one-hour coaching session with your instructor to discuss the specific considerations of the document you will write in this course.
Learn to organize any document logically.
This module focuses on how to organize and sequence information appropriately.
The executive summary is the most important section that conveys the core findings and implications of many important documents. It allows a busy executive to absorb lots of information easily and make an informed decision.
In this module, you'll learn how to tightly extract and summarize the most important implications of your document type.
Executives often tell us that they highly value an employee’s ability to write a clear, well-extracted synthesis statement, which is the core of a good executive summary. This skill will help you write strong summaries and go far in your career!Read Less
Advanced, complex documents can feel overwhelming because there are so many variations. This lesson will present examples of documents using the most common format and tools.
This module also looks at important considerations when writing documents from a template.Read more
This module focuses on the strengths and weaknesses of example documents. We use extensive examples to ensure we cover a variety of document types and applications. This ensures you understand how to apply the tactics in previous modules in different types of documents.Read Less
Learn to weave in at-a-glance hooks to persuade and engage your reader. Titles, sub-titles, data presentation, and other areas can become much more compelling with skilled persuasive techniques applied.
Persuasion, done well, will highlight reader engagement and your credibility.
Most major documents are dense or lengthy. Learn formatting techniques to create a visually appealing, easy-to-scan document that helps your reader easily understand complex information.
Headings, white space, typography, visual structure, and the best graphical representation of data are addressed.
Ensure your document is a pleasure to read with concise and clear language that presents your information competently and confidently. This module ensures that your sentences are accurate, easy to reach, and engaging.
Learn proofreading tactics to avoid embarrassing grammar and spelling mistakes. These go beyond simple tips and tricks. These are proven grammar and syntax strategies that will make all your writing more professional.
The course concludes with a second live one-on-one coaching session with your instructor.
During this time you can ask any questions and review your final document. The live coaching call acts to solidify the information learned during the course so you can apply your new knowledge to future documents and to provide detailed feedback on the document you wrote in the course.
B.S. in Business & Economic Development from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
M.B.A. with a specialization in International Finance & Investments from the University of North Carolina
Elisabeth has a unique combination of business and business writing acumen, with extensive background in writing, editing, and content marketing management.
She has supported a variety of businesses, writing blog articles, reports, presentations, and editing business documents. She has supported many of our clients with rave reviews of her writing feedback.
Graduate courses in Composition from Pompeau Fabra University
ESL Teaching Certification from Canterbury Consulting
B.A. in International Studies and Communication from Elon University
Grace supports Instructional Solutions' online courses and also works with individuals and groups from several multinational companies across Europe as a business writing coach.
She is bilingual in English and Spanish and has traveled extensively, providing a keen sensitivity to global writing. She has a strong background in corporate communication and management and successfully developed cross-functional writing and communication processes in a large corporate team. She is also a successful blogger and has received rave reviews from her writing critiques and coaching for our work with DuPont, Liberty Mutual, and many other groups.
She is bilingual in English and Spanish. She enjoys yoga, travel, and dance. She splits her time between New York City and Madrid.
B.A. in English and Creative Writing from Waldorf University
M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Lisa is an experienced technical writer and editor specializing in process and procedure documentation. She made her mark in aviation by developing and writing technical manuals that supported successful new programs for airlines of all sizes and set new standards for manuals in the industry.
She has also taught and tutored academic and technical writing for university students in a variety of fields. She loves helping people improve their writing to improve their careers.
In her free time, she enjoys writing creatively, crafting, and outdoor adventuring with her husband and twin boys. She splits her time between Iowa and Alaska.
B.A. In Journalism and International Business from The University of Wisconsin-Madison
Terrance has deep experience in both writing and business. He has spent much of his professional life in sales and marketing positions in technology companies, where he was always the go-to person for writing. After 15 years in sales and marketing at IBM, he spent several years working internationally for Amdahl and Lotus Development in Australia and Japan. He spent four years in Rotterdam and London as European Managing Director for Persoft, Inc., a leading networking software company.
For the past six years, he held senior editing and writing coaching positions at Huawei in Shenzhen, China, and with The Motley Fool.
He enjoys gardening, travel, and pétanque. The top entry on his bucket list is to walk a sizeable part of the Camino de Santiago in Spain and France.
C.A.G.S. in Composition and Rhetoric from University of New Hampshire
M.A. in English Literature from Boston College
B.A. in English from the University of Rhode Island
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 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.