30 Minutes to Succeed in Business Writing (30 Minutes by Graham Hart

By Graham Hart

A part of a chain of pocket publications geared toward allowing the reader to benefit a brand new ability in exactly half-hour, this article offers useul the right way to increase enterprise writing from universal grammatical mistakes to letter structure.

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42 30 Minutes to Succeed in Business Writing 33. Lists Lists help break down information into easy-to-read units. Bullet point lists These are ideal where there is a small amount of information to be contained in each point. * Don’t forget that you are not restricted to using bullets. Word processors provide plenty of options such as boxes, arrows, pointing fingers, etc. Numbered lists These should be used when you wish to make reference to the information elsewhere. Keep the numbering simple and consistent.

39 30 Minutes to Succeed in Business Writing numbers – see page 24. abbreviations – see page 23. Internal structure agreement of tense, subject, etc. – follow your choices through. For example, if you start a letter saying ‘we’, don’t switch to ‘I’ contents and headings – make sure there is agreement throughout the document. If you introduce a topic with (a), (b) and (c) as headings, don’t switch to 1, 2 and 3. , 2 and 3. Do all your headings use initial capitals? Have you used ‘and’ in one heading and ‘&’ in another?

Your thinking, however, should be driven by the specified type of work you are tackling. Below are five-point reminders of the skills to consider when tackling each of the most common types of writing – letters, reports and electronic communications (faxes and e-mails): Letters Are you following house style? Is the titling correct? Is the tone appropriate? Do you want a response, and if so, will your letter obtain this? Is the whole letter professionally presented? Reports Is the organisation clear?

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