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The main difference between business writing and other styles is that as it is representing an organization it must have an appropriate level of professionalism. The language must be clear and concise and should have a businesslike tone. However, your writing should not be too formal, you need to make it easy to understand and use the same language that you would use face to face or in a phone conversation.

Excelling at business writing takes practice. The more experience you get in crafting letters, memos and other business documentation, the better you will get. In the meantime you can make use of some resources that are available to you and will help improve your business writing skills.

WriteExpress In addition to publishing sample business letters, the WriteExpress website also has a large collection of tips and articles on the topic of business writing. These articles cover everything from the basics like spelling and grammar to more complex topics like choosing the most appropriate verbs.

They also have advice for other forms of business writing including research papers, letters of recommendation and even resumes. The Fundamentals of Persuasive Writing One example of business writing would be business proposals. In these particular documents, and some other types of business communications, persuasive writing and business writing go hand in hand.

The fundamentals of Persuasive Writing is useful guide covering the basics of this style of writing written by respected copywriter Bob Bly. It is full of advice about grammar and formatting and also offers some sample business documents that you can refer to as a guide. The guide is downloadable and is offered in pdf format direct from the College.

Center For Communication Practices The Center for Communication Practices or CCP has an excellent guide created by the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute which gives in depth advice on creating memos including what format to use and the style of writing that works best. Jet Writers is a custom writing service that is here to help when you need to improve your writing or get it proofread by professional writers or simply look for checking your grammar.

Getting assistance and guidance from experienced writers will definitely benefit your writing skills. Grammarly Knowing how to write for a business audience is only half of the battle! A huge part of making your writing as professional as possible is using the correct grammar, vocabulary and spelling. Purdue University Online Writing Lab: By far, the best grammar resource on the Internet. Great for a deeper explanation of current grammar usage.

Specifically about business grammar. Clear Language Unsuck It: Business writing is notorious for jargon. This tool will flag jargon for you. Business writing needs to be concise. This tool will identify unneeded words and complexity. Is your writing fit or flabby? This tool will diagnose.

Assesses the warmth of your writing. An easy-to-access dictionary Thesaurus. Most likely, your employer will provide access. Best Business Writing Books Many business writing books are meh, and some are good. Learn to dig to the essence of an idea. This skill is critical when writing executive summaries and synthesis statements. This book is the classic guide on effective non-fiction writing. This little book has been the bible of style for over 50 years for a good reason.

Be sure to read a later version that is edited by E. Sadly, business writing is full of bloat and meaningless buzzwords and jargon. After reading this book, you won't fall into that trap. Strong sentences build strong documents. This book beautifully deconstructs clear sentences.

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The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Writing on the Job with Tips from Communications Experts at the Fortune by Helen Cunningham and Brenda Greene This is a practical and comprehensive guide that focuses specifically on writing issues that frequently arise on the job.

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Business Writing Resources. We offer a range of business writing courses and cover such topics as basic writing, email etiquette, and writing technical documents. In this section of our site, we’ve included a few resources people interested in those courses might find useful. You are welcome to link these resources from your website.

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One of the business writing resources Dixie finds indispensable is a Style Manual from Garble's Writing Center which contains heaps of valuable information about abbreviations, addresses, capitalization, terminology, numbers, plurals, possessives, punctuation, spelling and word usage. This guide focuses on the U.S. standards for definitions, . This guide to business writing points you in the direction of the wide variety of resources available on the site. Basic Business Letters These two articles provide an overall framework for writing business letters.

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The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) hosts various writing resources and instructional materials for instructors, students, and professionals. The resources cover grammar, mechanics, internet literacy, research, and citation. Business writing resources include information and guidelines on writing job applications, job search letters, and resumés. For the Category of Communications (Business Writing): To round out your knowledge of this Library topic, you may want to review some related topics, available from the link below. Each of the related topics includes free, online resources. Also, scan the Recommended Books listed below.