Improve Your Business and Report Writing
Writing is not easy. Especially in the business world, where subjects can be technical, the traditional structure and style is formal, jargon and clichés abound, and time is often limited. But it doesn't have to be that way. On this one-day course we examine business and report writing jobs, and look at some of the ways and techniques to write clearly, concisely and with improved confidence.
After discussing the writing challenges you face, we share some of the practical reasons (not grammar, punctuation or spelling etc.) where business writing can go astray – with suggestions for how to avoid them. Then we look at examples of good business writing, exploring why they are effective and some of the techniques you can apply in your writing.
In the session on report writing, we explore issues such as structure, style, clarity and conciseness. And we give ideas for making your reports easier to write, easier to read and better at conveying their purpose.
After lunch there is the chance to practice some of the course's ideas – either working on something you have brought OR the tutor's exercise. And before you leave we give you some handy tools for finalising your text.
10.00am Why business writing goes wrong
A look at the common characteristics of business writing,
why they occur and how to avoid them.
Lessons from good practice
A boost to your ideas and writing skills. Practical tips for
writing clearly and concisely.
11.30am Business and report writing techniques
Where and how to start writing. Learn how to structure
and get your messages across. Choosing an appropriate
style and tips for winning reports.
2.00pm Practice writing session
A chance to try out some of today's lessons – in a piece of
your business writing OR the tutor's exercise.
3.45pm Finalising your text
How to edit effectively – and other tips, such as writing
with ease and speed.
5.00pm Course disperses
- Bullard, R. Business Writing Tips – For Easy and Effective Results (Perfect Text, 2015). [This is the course tutor]
- Fowler, A. How to Write (OUP, 2006)
- Forsyth, P. How to Write Reports and Proposals (Kogan Page, 2016)
- Taylor, N. Brilliant Business Writing (Pearson, 2011)
Tuition (includes tea/coffee): £67.00
Baguette lunch: £4.90
If you are in receipt of a state benefit you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.
If you do not qualify for the concessionary fee but are experiencing financial hardship, you may still be eligible for financial assistance.
Director of Studies
Dr Ali is a Departmental Lecturer and Director of Studies in Language and Cultural Studies, OUDCE.
Robert Bullard is an Oxford based writer, editor and trainer in writing skills (perfecttext.org). He has been helping businesses and individuals with their writing since 2003, drawing on his previous experience as a feature writer for national broadsheet newspapers and websites, including the Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. He gives several training courses for the Department of Continuing Education.
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