Business Writing Training: Fundamentals of Technical Writing


Course Delivery

Live Instructor-Led Training

Course Description

Good business writing is the intersection of art, technique and technology. This advanced business writing course equips the business professional with the necessary tools and strategies to plan and create documents that inspire, inform and motivate. The course Beyond the Basics (Business Writing Training) introduces participants to the wonderful world of macros and templates, to support authors in creating visually-appealing reports.

Course Dates and Pricing


Jun 11 - 12, 2018$799.00Sep 13 - 14, 2018$799.00Oct 9 - 10, 2018$799.00Nov 15 - 16, 2018$799.00Dec 3 - 4, 2018$799.00

Course Outline

Introduction

Why writing well matters
Understanding your writing style
Self assessment and goals

Fundamentals of Technical Writing

How technical writing differs from other types of writing
Understanding the purpose of your report
Understanding your target audience
Active versus passive voice
Choosing the right words
Brevity and editing
Eliminating ambiguous phrases, jargon, and questionable terms

English Language Rules

Grammar
Verbs
Punctuation
Using style guides
Using online/software tools

Getting Started

Structuring your report
Using storyboarding for long documents
Appendices and annexes
Footnotes versus endnotes
Overview of the document production process

Setting up a Template

Creating the styles in Word
Ensuring the integrity of styles
Planning for bulleting and numbering
Planning for tables and cells

Creating Macros

Automation overview
Allocating keyboard shortcuts
Creating formatting macros
Creating support macros

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

The power of diagrams, images, tables and graphs
How to embed graphs and images into text

Fluid Writing

Setting up the reader
Transition words and their impact on flow
Using headings and sub headings
Using numbered and bulleted lists
Using parallel structures
Using paragraphs

Polishing and Perfecting Your Report

Formatting
Proofreading and grammar checking
Peer review
Final Review - your audience, your purpose, your goal

Course Locations

  • Ottawa

  • Montreal

  • Toronto

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