Business writing

This 2-day training course is for anyone who needs to write clear, well-structured business documents. 

This course is for you if you write common business documents like emails, reports, proposals, business cases, presentations or work instructions.

What will I learn?

You will learn the principles of Structured Writing to get started quickly and develop business documents that get the results you need. We will teach you expert tools and techniques to:

  • identify your document purpose and target audience
  • structure and organise your information
  • manage quality and time
  • use shortcuts and technology to speed up your writing
  • edit and proofread your writing.
Even if you write reports and documents on a regular basis, the course helps you understand how everything fits together. It is structured to be able to better plan and execute your writing.- Workshop participant, New Zealand Transport Agency
I have found this workshop useful, relevant and engaging.- Workshop participant, New Zealand Transport Agency

What is Structured Writing?

Structured Writing is a modular, topic-based approach to developing documents that are easy to write, read and use. It speeds up writing time, improves reader comprehension and enables content reuse. Find out more…

Benefits

This course enables you to:

  • learn proven techniques to write with confidence
  • lift your writing to a professional standard
  • spend less time writing, and
  • write clear documents that are easy to read and understand.

What does it cover?

Topic Description
Introduction
  • Writer and reader issues
  • Goal setting
Analysis and planning
  • Identifying your audience and document purpose
  • Content analysis
  • Needs analysis and planning
Principles of clear business writing
  • Clear writing principles
  • Making your writing easy to write and read
  • Consistency
  • Clarity
Organising content
  • About Structured Writing
  • Types of information
  • Structuring and sequencing
  • Typical document structures
Organising content
  • About Structured Writing
  • Types of information
  • Structuring and sequencing
Designing and presenting content
  • How good does your writing look?
  • Presentation guidelines
  • Incorporating graphic elements
Editing and testing
  • Editing and proofreading tips
Speeding up your writing
  • Shortcut keys and templates

Who teaches it?

Ruth Hamilton is an experienced Trainer and Technical Documentation Consultant. Ruth has extensive commercial experience and has been a regular lecturer of degree students in technical writing and online documentation at Auckland tertiary institutes. She has a thorough understanding of the challenges people face when they communicate through writing. Ruth’s training style is engaging and hands-on to optimise and consolidate learning.

What do I get?

The course materials include:

  • Comprehensive Clear Business Writing manual containing exercises and examples, and
  • Follow-up support including a free 1-2 page document review.

Inhouse and customised training

We can hold an inhouse training course or customise one for your group. Talk to us about your needs.

Course dates and registration

Public training course dates:

Date Location Register
Tues, 28 Aug 2018 – Wed, 29 Aug 2018 Wellington Register now
Tues, 11 September 2018 – Wed, 12 September 2018 Auckland Register now
Tue, 3 July 2018 – Wed, 4 July 2018 Auckland Register now
Wed, 13 June 2018 – Thurs, 14 June 2018 Wellington Register now

Contact us for more information or to discuss your requirements.

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Course details

Duration: 2 days

Participants: 1–9

Locations: Auckland, Wellington, or inhouse

Price: $1,495 + GST per person

Discounts are available for group bookings, TechCommNZ or NZATD members.

Workshop Terms and Conditions
Workshop Brochure PDF (190 kb)

Have a question?

Get in touch using the contact details below and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.