Centre for Continuing Education

Business Writing Course 1

Business Communication. Sharpen your communication skills.

Learn Business Communication the smart way with Business Communication courses at CCE, The University of Sydney.

In this business writing course, participants gain a fundamental understanding of good writing for any context – the workplace and beyond. Starting with some simple strategies to clarify your business objectives and audience needs, we study the principles of good writing structure and apply this to 10 everyday business documents.

An immersion in business communication, the course also covers design considerations such as when to turn words to visuals, and ends with a review session covering language choice, jargon-busting, grammar, punctuation and more.

This essentials business writing course is a useful introduction to the more in-depth techniques covered in Effective Business Report Writing. It can be taken on its own or in conjunction with that course.

Aims

This business writing course gives participants the tools to write clearly and concisely, regardless of their industry or role. It also seeks to dispel the myth that business communication sounds cleverer when packed with excessive formalities and heavy jargon.

Outcomes

By the end of this business writing course, participants will gain a new confidence and clearer understanding of what is expected when writing different business documents. These include:

  1. Writing for a specific context, audience, and purpose.
  2. Choosing the right level of formality for that context.
  3. Choosing the right structure (or template) for the task at hand.
  4. Writing jargon-free communications that are clearer and more concise.
  5. Using tact in difficult situations.
  6. Self-checking for content, structure, expression and style.

Content

This business writing course is organised roughly in the sequence of steps you would take to plan, write and review your daily business communications. Learning methods include open discussions, group exercises and individual response to mini tests throughout the day.

Planning

Understanding audience needs, reaffirming your objectives, and choosing the right level of formality before starting to write.

Structure

An overview of the three structures that apply to almost any format (narrative, hierarchy or topic-based), followed by hands-on practice of some standard formats in two essential items of everyday business collateral: emails and short proposals.

Flow

Practicing the rules of good paragraphing, with a topic sentence and strong linking techniques, and ensuring an unmistakable call to action at the end.

Helping your reader scan for information, through features such as clear formatting, different heading levels, graphs and charts that replace data-heavy text, bulleted lists and more.

Review

An overview of good grammar and business writing style, plus an introduction to self-editing using the right techniques at different stages of the writing process. (Hint: big picture content-checking comes first, and fine tuned detail-checking comes last).

Intended Audience

This business writing course is aimed at early or mid-career professionals who need to learn or improve their core skills in business writing. They might be technicians who are moving into managerial roles, people returning to the workforce after extended leave, or office managers wanting to adopt current best practice in their workplace.

It assumes a basic proficiency in written English, such as Year 12 English. If you are a non-native English speaker, you may also want to consider our English language courses in various specific and general topics.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Certificate of completion

What others say.

  • Had a great time at this class, it was very engaging and educational.

  • I’ve already started using what I learnt in this Business Writing course, so that makes it very worthwhile.

  • A lot of information was crammed into this one day session and I picked up many valuable tips to help me improve my business writing style. I also plan to use the suggested resources to help gradually improve.

  • Everything was excellent. Tutor was very knowledgable and nothing was a problem for them to answer or find the answer. Very relaxing day which meant it was easy to listen and learn. Plenty of group work as well which made the experience more realistic as the whole course was about communication and getting your point across.

  • This course was great and the Professor was extremely knowledgeable and I went away learning so much which I can apply to my work. Thank you!

  • I enjoyed the day and would highly recommend this and other courses to others personally and across the organisation where I work.

  • The tutor was very energetic, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be taught by.

  • The tutor was really good. The course was extremely useful and very relevant to my business needs. I would recommend it.

  • I thought it was a very enjoyable and was well above my expectations. The tutor was great and very inspiring.

  • I want to come back and complete the two day course soon. The tutor was fantastic!

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