National Seminars Group & Padgett Thompson
a division of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
Grammar, Spelling, Punctuation and Usage for Written Business Communication
If youve ever gotten a sick feeling when you realized
a piece of business communication you had written went out with a glaring
grammatical error smack in the middle of it, youre not alone!
Maybe it was a memo to your boss, who now thinks youre
careless, or worse, clueless. It couldve been a business letter
to a top client, who now has doubts about doing business with your company.
It might even have been Web site copy that had potentially thousands of
browsers rolling their eyes over your organizations stupidity!
You know theres just too much at stake to risk letting
a blunder go undetected, but who has time to learn grammar and usage at
this late date?
Now, you do! Business
Grammar is a one-day workshop that features a phenomenal,
new no-fear approach to business grammar and usage. This skill-packed
program has been designed for busy professionals like you who want a super-fast,
easy way to brush up on grammar, spelling, punctuation and business usage.
Weve boiled down hundreds of grammar and usage rules
to the most important of the most important, focusing on those
contemporary grammar skills that will make the biggest, most immediate
impact in your written business communication. This fast-paced, interactive
learning adventure presents information in easy-to-grasp concepts that
make learning fun and painless. Youll be startled at how
much youll absorb, retain and enjoy!
An important feature of our exceptional workshop is a
special update on the newest standards in business usage. Youll
discover how to handle courtesy titles, gender-pronoun problems, terms
that may be considered insensitive or even offensive and fresh alternatives
to outdated words and phrases that have fallen out of favor.
Packed with tips, tricks and easy-to-remember techniques,
this workshop is a must-attend event for you if any part of your job involves
communicating in writing. Whether you prepare formal business reports,
proofread business letters, send e-mail to customers or clients or jot
memos to your boss, the skills youll learn will add professional
polish and accuracy to every sentence you write!
Plus, youll never again have to worry about being embarrassed by
a grammar goof!
Youll be able to put your thoughts into written
words quickly and easily, confident that your message will be crystal
clear and your documents will be error-free.
Dont wait any longer to get the crucial grammar
skills you need to shine like the credible, capable professional you are.
Director of Curriculum
P.S. Give your whole team a grammar upgrade and save!
When 3 enroll, the 4th attends ABSOLUTELY FREE!
In one fast-paced day, you'll conquer all aspects of
business grammar with this new approach to learning
- Grammar basics every professional should know
- Latest business usage standards for courtesy titles
and nonsexist language
- Punctuation tips for crystal-clear communication
- Spelling tricks guaranteed to end guesswork
- Winning ways with wayward sentences
- Proofreading techniques the pros use to catch every
- Because exceptional writing skills are the mark of
exceptional professionals, this workshop should be considered a career
essential for all success-minded professionals.
Out With the Old Business Communication Rules and in With the New!
- Still clinging to “old” business-writing/usage ideas?
Professional examples of how modern written business communication should
- Why a casual, friendly tone is key to contemporary
- Strategies for eliminating stiff, formal language
and avoiding wordiness
- Understanding why concise communication is imperative
today, whether you’re writing a formal report or an e-mail
- A look at once-ironclad grammar and usage rules that
have been relaxed
- Most-often misused words in business documents, including
words that don’t exist
Grammar Basics for Blunder-Free Writing
- Image-crippling mistakes to avoid: grammar blunders
professionals most frequently make
- What a misplaced modifier is and how it can wreak
havoc with your meaning
- A simple way to make sure your subjects and verbs
agree – guaranteed!
- That’s up to you and I or that’s up to you and ME?
How to choose the right pronoun
- Singular or plural: tips for sidestepping the glaring
errors most people miss
- Handy grammar resources that will provide answers to
even your trickiest questions
Ways to Rev Up Your Sentences - and Polish Your Professional Image!
- How to use active verbs and voice to communicate more
- Wake up your readers by slashing adjectives and dumping
- Tips for using varying sentence patterns and sentence
lengths to express your ideas
- Less is more: “how-to’s” for trimming the fat from
- Pointers for adding zing to your written communication
- Why your first draft should never be your last draft:
editing “musts” for concise, clear writing
“Cheat Sheets” for Capitalization, Numbers and Abbreviations
- The 10 Commandments of Capitalization for business
- Rules for capitalizing professional titles and names
- Guidelines for tricky capitalization situations, including
product names, jargon specific to certain professions and more
- The Rule of 10 for spelling numbers and expressing
them in figures
- When – and how – to abbreviate and when to spell it
Made Easy for the Semicolon-Challenged!
- Punctuation mistakes that are instant credibility killers – ones
you’ll never again make!
- Avoid “comma-itis” by knowing when a comma is essential
- Easy ways to keep semicolons and commas straight
- The drastic difference between a dash and a hyphen – and when to
- Correctly using apostrophe-“s” or “s”-apostrophe to keep your meaning
- When (and why) to use parentheses
- Understanding when you need quotation marks and how to use them with
- Punctuation rules that were made to be broken and when it’s a good
idea to break them
of Goof-Proof Spelling
- A list to keep at hand from now on: the 100 most-often misspelled
words in business communication
- 5 golden spelling rules every professional should memorize
- Is it “affect” or “effect”? Memory association tricks to help you
keep commonly confused word pairs straight from now on
- “Occuring” or “occurring”? The handy rule for adding word endings
- Hear are example of why you can’t depend on spell-check to get your
spelling write all the thyme
- Resources to check for the correct spelling of the newest words in
our ever-evolving language
Business Usage Standards: R.I.P. to “Dear Gentlemen”
- Guidelines for
handling courtesy titles in business communication
- Fresh, new options
for salutations in business correspondence
- Nonsexist alternatives
guaranteed to help you steer clear of offensive language
- Solutions to
gender-based pronoun problems
- Is it “senior
citizens,” “the elderly,” “older adults”? Red-flag words and terms that
could be considered insensitive to certain groups – and nonoffensive
- Pet phrases and
outdated words that need to be put out to pasture
- Words that are
never appropriate in written business communication
a Pro to Catch Embarrassing Errors Before They “Go Public”
- Are you proofreading or editing? Why it’s important
to know the difference before you start reading
- Tips for proofreading quickly without sacrificing
- Visual tricks that will help you catch hard-to-find
errors such as duplicate words and omitted letters
- The secret to spotting your own typos and grammatical
- How to proofread numbers with 100 percent accuracy
- A proofreading checklist that will serve as your “safety
net” so you can rest easy, knowing you’ve caught every error
Grammar Guide Becomes Handy Desktop Reference!
Stumped over a grammar question and can’t get a document
out the door until you know the answer? You’ll never again have that problem,
thanks to the desktop reference guide you’ll receive free as a participant
of this workshop. This user-friendly, soft-bound guide contains the business
grammar and usage basics you’ll learn, plus dozens of other tricks, tips
and techniques for error-free written communication. Available only through
National Seminars Group, this information-packed tool will help you continue
to hone your skills long after the workshop is over. Expect it to become
a well-worn resource you’ll refer to again and again for fast answers
to tricky grammar and usage issues
Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction
We stand behind our seminars
with a 100 percent , iron-clad, money-back guarantee
of satisfaction. If for any reason youre not completely satisfied
with the solid skills, the tips, tools and shortcuts, and the crucial
information you receive during this workshop, well refund your money
in full. Every penny. Guaranteed!
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