What many business writers refer to as “business vocabulary” contains difficult or archaic words and phrases people do not use in everyday speaking, such as “cognizant” instead of “aware,” “initiate” instead of “begin,” and “endeavor” instead of “try.” The writers feel using difficult or archaic words makes their business writing seem more professional and shows the writer’s intelligence. Using common, everyday words in business writing feels to these writers like it’s dumbing down the writing […]
Does Business Vocabulary Make the Writer Seem More Intelligent?
Much business writing includes difficult or archaic business vocabulary and phrases people do not use in everyday speaking, such as “cognizant” instead of “aware,” “initiate” instead of “begin,” and “endeavor” instead of “try.” Some writers feel business writing with difficult or archaic words is more businesslike and shows the writer’s intelligence. Using common, everyday words feels to some writers like it’s dumbing down the writing and patronizing the reader. However, research* by Daniel M. Openheimer […]
Use Readability Tests to Check Your Report Writing Health
Evaluate the readability of your report writing regularly. Overly simple report writing may put off your reader and fail to convey the necessary information, while overly complex information can confuse the reader. You must write your business reports so clearly that 100 percent of the readers understand 100 percent of your business reports 100 percent of the time. The average businessperson comprehends at the 9th to 10th grade level. The average American adult comprehends at […]
https://businesswriting.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/testing-banner-cropped-300×300.jpg Test Your Knowledge of Commas Presented by the Business Writing Center, training business writers since 1997 1. Select the sentence that uses commas correctly (a, b, c, or d) from the four choices. Only one of the four sentences uses commas correctly. a) Moreover their network server is not protected from hackers. b) Moreover, their network server is not protected from hackers. c) Moreover their network server is not protected, from hackers. d) Moreover, […]
10 Highest Ranking Online Business Writing Courses
Enrollments in the online business writing courses are the strongest indicator of which online writing courses are evaluated well by graduates. These are the 10 highest ranked online writing courses from the 45 Business Writing Center courses. 1. Business Writing Skills The highest ranking course is the Business Writing Skills course. It teaches the best practices business people must know to be able to write clear, effective, professional business documents, especially email, memos, letters, and […]
The Business Writing Center has developed the following Email Quality Control Checklist for businesses to distribute freely to employees. The checklist contains the 16 best practices we know result in clear, effective business email. When all business people in a company write emails that display the best practices, the business will run more smoothly and productively, writers will spend less time writing email because the best practices give a structure to the process, and readers […]
The Business Writing Center’s highly trained instructors with backgrounds in higher education teach the latest best practices that we know enable business writers to write documents that are clear and have impact.
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