Online Writing Course | Effective Business Writing

Writing effectively is critical in a professional setting. It can help you perform your job function efficiently and avoid audience confusion. Effective Business Writing will help you write clearly and effectively in all forms of business writing including memos, reports, brochures, proposals, presentations, catalogs, and websites. You will also learn formal and informal outlining techniques, revision techniques and how to use email appropriately in an organizational setting.

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Who Should Register?

This course is designed for adult learners with basic knowledge of writing and grammar interested in improving their business writing abilities.

  • Access Time: 30 days
  • Average Completion Time: 4-6 hours
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Format: Self-paced online course
  • Fee: $125.00
  • Course Credit: 5.0 PDUs | 0.5 CEUs

Course Content

  • Why Effective Communication Matters
  • How We Communicate
  • Factors for Effective Business Communication
  • Ethical Communication
  • Communication Checklist
  • Writing and Communicating with Purpose
  • Understanding Your Audience
  • Developing a Clear Message 
  • Formal and Informal Outlining Techniques
  • Brainstorming Techniques
  • Research Techniques 
  • Overcoming Writer’s Block
  • Writing Concisely
  • Writing Quickly
  • Simplified Structuring
  • Revising and Editing 
  • Problems with Jargon
  • Communicating with Email

Key Features

  • Online, self-paced course
  • Open enrollment 24/7/365
  • No prerequisites
  • Interactive review exercises
  • Professional videos with complete transcripts
  • Ask the Expert feature - Submit questions directly to our experts
  • PDU and/or CEU Certificate

Course Objectives

After completing Effective Business Writing you should be able to:
  • Recognize the difference between effective and ineffective writing.
  • List and define the four major factors of effective writing.
  • Recognize the role of your audience and the importance of addressing their needs.
  • Employ formal and informal outlining techniques.
  • Practice techniques for overcoming writer's block.
  • Recognize the positive and negative effects of writing quickly.
  • Revise for wordiness, unnecessary phrases, redundancy, and jargon.
  • Write more effective emails and recognize the appropriate use of email in an organizational setting.
  • Employ checklists for organizing, writing, and revising.

Access Time: You will have full access to Effective Business Writing for 30 days. For additional access time, consider enrolling in our Certificate in Business Communications. Certificate Program students get access to Effective Business Writing and Effective Presentations for 60 days.

Completion Time: Completion time is dependent on several factors. The average completion time for this class is 4-6 hours. A student's prior knowledge, Internet connection speed, reading comprehension, optional exercises and videos all contribute to how quickly students complete our courses.

Certificate: An average test score of 70% is required to complete Effective Business Writing. Upon successful completion of this online course, you will be able to print your certificate including PDUs and/or CEUs instantly.

  • Access to an Internet connection
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or Mac OS X Operating System
  • An updated Internet browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 (or higher) Mozilla Firefox 10 (or higher) or Google Chrome 10.0 (or higher)
  • Web browser support for cookies (typically enabled by default)
  • Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat – Download Adobe Reader (free)
  • An installation of Adobe's Flash Player 8 (or higher) – Download Adobe Flash Player (free)

If you’re unsure about any of these requirements or if you have questions please contact us through our contact form or by calling 1-888-658-6641 during our normal business hours 9:00 am - 5:30 pm EST, M - F. One of our representatives will gladly assist you.

Volume Pricing: To enroll 10 or more employees in Effective Business Writing, or to integrate any of our business skills courses with your Learning Management System, submit your request using our contact form or call 1-888-658-6641 during our normal business hours 9:00 am - 5:30 pm EST, M - F. One of our representatives will gladly assist you.