Business Writing Today

Business Writing Today : A Practical Guide

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Confident writers succeed. Whatever career you aim for, good writing enables you to win more opportunities, perform better on the job and build the relationships you want.

In this practical, reader-friendly guide, Natalie Canavor shares a step-by-step framework that professional communicators use to determine what to say, and how to say it, in every situation. This guide shows you how to use strategic writing to achieve your own immediate and long-range goals in all media, from email to resumes, blogs to proposals, tweets to video. Discover easy to learn tools and techniques to recognize and fix your own writing problems, without grammar lessons.

Business Writing Today prepares you to better understand the business world and communicate in ways that achieve your aims in today's highly competitive work environment.


A new chapter explores writing methods used by professional journalists and PR specialists including how to create media releases, find information, and interview effectively
'View from the Field' boxes feature advice from professionals who share their first-hand insights on a range of cutting-edge communication tactics
'Success Tip' boxes give practical ideas for succeeding in the workplace and leveraging your communication skills
Expanded coverage of the job application process includes best practices for writing successful resumes, cover letters, and networking
Expanded coverage of writing for oral communication covers planning for presentations, tips for crafting personal stories, ideas for using video and creating effective visuals
'Practice Opportunities' provide exercises and activities to promote active learning, group projects and class discussion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 187 x 231 x 22.86mm | 650g
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1483358666
  • 9781483358666
  • 549,556

Table of contents

Part I: A Structured Planning System for All Your Communication
Chapter 1: Business Writing in the Digital Age-and You
Why Employers Value Writing
How Employers See Writing
Good Writing-and You
Business Writing Redefined for the Digital Age
How to Use This Book
Writing to Accomplish Goals: Building the Foundation for Every Message
Identifying Goals on Multiple Levels
Framing Messages for the Audience
Maneuvering Generational Divides
Writing to Groups and Unknown Audiences
Chapter 3: Putting the Planning Structure to Work: Always Know What to Say
How to Decide on Best Message Content
Choosing an Organization Technique
Adopting the Right Tone
Applying the Process to Challenging Messages
Part III: Writing Techniques
Chapter 4: Good Sentences, the Right Words
Assembling Strong Sentences
Applying Readability Guidelines
Choosing the Right Words
Using Vigorous Verbs
Knowing the Clues to Wordiness
Editing: Many Ways Can Work
Chapter 5: The Whole Picture: Creating Your Best Message
Writing With Short Paragraphs
Building in Good Transitions
Avoiding Word Traps
Avoiding Tone Traps
Editing What You Write
Fielding Common Grammar Problems the Commonsense Way
Part IV: Types of Business Writing
Chapter 6: Writing E-mail and Building Your Professional Image
Use E-mail to Accomplish Goals
Apply Strategic Thinking to the Situation
Build in the Right Tone
Use E-mail to Support Internal and External Networking
Chapter 7: Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
How to Write for a Competitive Edge
Creating Resumes to Showcase Individual Skills
Customizing Cover Letters to the Job
Writing to Connect with Employers and Networks
Chapter 8: Writing Letters and Memos: They Still Count
When to Write Letters
Planning Letters that Achieve Your Goals
Strategizing Letters for Common Situations: Using Internal Memos to Build Relationships
Part V: Writing Persuasive Messages
Chapter 9: Writing to Persuade: The Tools and Techniques
Deploying The Tools of Persuasion and Advocacy
Writing Techniques for Persuasive Materials
How to Find, Shape and Tell Stories
Graphic Ideas and Guidelines for Good Presentation
Chapter 10: Writing to Persuade: Creating Successful Business Documents
Writing the Executive Summary
Preparing Effective Reports
Writing Formal and Informal Proposals
Applying for Grants
Part VI: Writing Online
Chapter 11: Writing for Websites and Online Media
How to Translate Print Writing into Online
Planning a Website and Home Page
Creating Copy for Online Media
Developing Content Ideas
Chapter 12: Blogging, Social Media and Micromedia
How Business Sees Social Media
Using Social Media to Accomplish Goals
Planning and Writing Blogs
Using Twitter Power
Creating Online Profiles
Part VII: Writing for Oral Presentation, Video and Public Relations Purposes
Chapter 13: Presenting Yourself: Write Well to Speak Well
Finding Your Own Story
Developing the Elevator Speech
Writing for Presentation and PowerPoint
Working with Video
Chapter 14: Applying Journalism and Public Relations Techniques
Writing Media Releases and Pitches
Creating Headlines and Subheads that Attract
Gathering the Right Information: Research Tips, Interviewing Techniques and Questions
How to Prepare Talking Points for Many Occasions
Applying This Book's Techniques to Additional Media and Channels of the Unforeseeable Future
Chapter 13: Present Yourself: Write Well to Speak Well
Finding Your Personal Story
Developing Your Personal Story
What You Can Do With Metaphors
The "Elevator Speech": Why You Need It, How to Write It
If You're a New Career Builder
Crafting Presentations and Speeches
Writing Tips for Spoken Media
Creating and Using PowerPoint Well
How to Plan and Use Effective Videos
Translating Verbal Ideas Into Visuals
Chapter 14: Putting Journalism and Public Relations Techniques to Work for You: Professional Strategies, Techniques and Tips
Reaching Your Audiences With the "New" Media Release
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About Natalie Canavor

Natalie Canavor is a business writer, author and journalist. Throughout her successive careers as a magazine editor and public relations manager, she orginated programs to help people communicate more effectively. Today she focuses on this work with practical programs for business and professional audiences, college students, and writing insructors.

As an adjunct professor at NYU for six years, Natalie taught advanced writing seminars for the MS program in public relations and corporate communication, and created courses on strategic messaging for professionals and entrepreneurs.

Her byline as a journalist has appeared on hundreds of features and columns in the New York Times, Newsday, Communication World and a host of business and technical publications. For six years, she wrote a column on better writing for the International Association of Business Communicators, read by 15,000 professionals worldwide. Currently she writes and edits the award-winning magazine Impact for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which shares faculty research.

As a national magazine editor, Natalie created a series of successful start-ups including Today's Filmmaker, Videography, and Technical Photography. As an organizational communicator, Natalie built a 14-person PR department for New York State's largest educational agency and counseled agency management on communication strategy; directed print, video, and e-media; and created communications-skills training programs for school leaders.

Natalie is also the author of Business Writing for Dummies, currently in its second edition, and coauthor of Workplace Genie: An Unorthodox Toolkit to Help Transform Your Work Relationships and Get the Most fom Your Career, with psychotherapist Susan Dowell. She also coauthored The Truth About the New Rules of Business Writing, a popular guide for businespeople.

Natalie's work has earned dozens of national and international awards for feature articles, video scripts, websites and publications. She served two terms as president of an International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) chapter, which recognized her as Communicator of the Year, and was a founding officer of IABC's Heritage Region. Natalie is a member of the Author's Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Association of Business Communicators, and the Plain Language Center.
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