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Business Writing Blog2020-06-09T02:32:53+00:00

Lay, Lie, Laying, Lying: Choose the Right Word

Do you want "lie," "lay," "laying," or "lying"? This article contains memory aids to help you learn to choose the  right word.Lay ~ Place something down flat.Lie ~ A person or thing reclines.Examples:I lay the book down.A hen lays eggs.A crane lays a steel beam on the ground.I lie down to sleep.The dog lies on his bed.I like to lie     Read More . . .

By |July 7th, 2020|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses|0 Comments

Model of a Clear, Effective Business Email

This article explains how to write a clear, effective business email. When you apply these methods, you will write more quickly and confidently, knowing your emails will be so well written you always get the response you want. Formatting tips and best practices are in the explanation below the following email. Example Email To: Larry, Tom, Susan, Bree, and     Read More . . .

By |July 2nd, 2020|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses|0 Comments

Write an Effective Letter Containing Bad News or an Apology

This article explains how to write a letter containing bad news or an apology. These are letters containing some bad news that probably will not be received well by the reader, or they contain an apology for some issue. Don’t try to soften the bad news by leaving out important messages or consequences, even if they are negative. Instead, create     Read More . . .

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses|0 Comments

Guide to Using Me, Myself, and I

This guide will help you understand when to use “me,” “myself,” and “I” and will give you memory aids to help you recall the rules later.When to Use “I”Use “I” when the “I” is the subject of the sentence. Usually, that means “I” begins the sentence or follows introductory words that are not the main sentence.Examples:I asked for his resume.After     Read More . . .

By |June 30th, 2020|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses|0 Comments

Guide to Capitalizing Words in Titles and Headings

This simple guide will help you capitalize words in titles and headings correctly. The three major style guides, The Chicago Manual of Style, The Associated Press Stylebook, and the MLA Handbook have the same guidelines, with two exceptions. This guide explains the common rules and those that differ among the stylebooks. For the most part, if you identify the words     Read More . . .

By |June 29th, 2020|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses|0 Comments

E.g., i.e., etc. and all the Latin holdovers

What i.e. and e.g. stand for e.g. ~ the abbreviation for the Latin words exempli gratia meaning “for example” or “such as.” i.e. ~ the abbreviation for the Latin words id est, meaning “that is” or “in other words.” Memory aids to help you remember e.g. ~ “for example.” Remember “eg-zample” with "eg" at the beginning to see whether     Read More . . .

HR Professional Article April 22, 2002

Electronic Workplace 04/22/2002 You Are What You Email By Paula Santonocito Has email had its day? Is it possible that it may turn out to be the bane of the modern office environment? While its ease resulted in a multitude of messages, the convenience of it has spawned a style of correspondence previously shunned in the workplace. Some call     Read More . . .

By |November 9th, 2019|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses|0 Comments

Basic Grammar Course and Business Writing Skills Course Together

The perfect combination of courses with grammar training and learning how to write clear, well-organized business documents In-depth, individualized grammar course focusing on language , punctuation, spelling, sentence structure, word usage, and writing business documents Business writing course contains four writing sample examinations and twelve practice business writing activities Basic grammar course goes through several writing samples to identify     Read More . . .

Business Writing Course for Nonnative Speakers of English and Business Writing Course Together

The perfect combination of courses for polishing English language usage and learning how to write clear, well-organized business documents In-depth, individualized language and grammar course Business writing course contains four writing sample business writing examinations and twelve practice writing activities English language and grammar course goes through several writing samples to identify and provide individualized training Instructor provides individual     Read More . . .

Basic Grammar and Business Writing Course

Combines grammar course and business writing training Contains training in the major business grammar rules Teaches the best practices for business writing Instructor is a college of business PhD professor Extensive feedback and coaching on business writing and grammar Clear, easily understood business writing lessons Three business writing examinations Grammar training pre-tests and post-tests to test grammar knowledge and     Read More . . .

Business Writing Course

More training exercises and instructor feedback than the Business Writing Essentials course Training for all business writing: emails, memos, letters, reports, and other business documents Four business writing sample evaluations with instructor feedback Twelve business writing activities with instructor coaching Dozens of interactive exercises to help you learn the business writing skills PhD college of business instructor Extensive feedback     Read More . . .

By |October 12th, 2019|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses, Course Description|0 Comments

Essentials of Business Writing Course

Business writing course in writing emails, memos, letters, reports, and other business documents Three business writing document evaluations with instructor feedback on mastery of the business writing skills Dozens of interactive business writing course exercises PhD business writing college instructor Extensive writing feedback and coaching Tuition $175 Business Writing Course Syllabus: This business writing course teaches the essential business     Read More . . .

By |October 12th, 2019|Categories: Business Writing Training and Courses|0 Comments

Legal Proofreading Course

The Legal Proofreading course was developed with the assistance of a large law firm that wanted an online, self-pacing course for training its paralegal and legal staff. The Legal Proofreading course's focus is on being able to identify usage errors (grammar, punctuation, spelling, and sentence structure) as well as errors unique to legal documents, such as citations and consistent     Read More . . .

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Writing Website Pages

The Writing Online Copy for Webpages course teaches the skills required for writing webpages that promote products and services. If you are interested in writing webpages that are interesting and informative, but do not sell products or services, the course BWC427 Writing Informative Websites will be better for you. This course on writing websites uses two of the foremost     Read More . . .

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Features, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Business Writing in a Nutshell – 21 Best Practices

Since 1997, the Business Writing Center has provided business writing courses to business writers from over 7,000 companies around the world. During the last 12 years, the Center has identified the best business writing practices businesspeople are using that have an impact on readers, based on the Center's business writing courses. This article describes the 21 best practices for     Read More . . .

By |September 15th, 2019|Categories: Features|0 Comments
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Writing Coaching by Senior Instructor Dr. Robert Hogan

Business Writing InstructorDr. Robert Hogan teaches the coaching, tutoring, and individualized business writing courses. Dr. Hogan has been training writers for 40 years in universities, colleges of business, consulting companies, and professional writing companies. He has been a professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County College, and Illinois State University College of Business. He was manager of communications in a telephone billing company and owner of a company writing documents on contract for government agencies and corporations.

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Corporate and Government Training

Corporate discounts are available. Send an email to the Business Writing Center for more information: Email…

Government agencies and companies may purchase courses at the end of the fiscal year and defer registration of individuals in the courses for up to 12 months. Request information…

Dr. Hogan delivers workshops at company sites in general business writing, writing email, business report writing, writing letters, and principles of usage (grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentences, and word usage). More…

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6,600 Clients Worldwide

The Business Writing Center has trained staff from a broad range of organizations:

Companies – 5,768
Nonprofit organizations – 495
Military/government – 234
Colleges/universities – 143

See a sample list of the most recent 1,000 companies and agencies.

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Awards and Recognition

The Business Writing Center has been evaluated and has received awards or recognition from a number of organizations and media:

  • U.S. General Services Administration
  • Dun & Bradstreet
  • Department of Defense
  • National Association of Legal Assistants
  • HR-Wire
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Investor’s Business Daily
  • TechRepublic

See the list of awards