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 Business Writing Seminar

2/3/2014 12:00 AM
2/3/2014 12:00 AM
Rivers Club |  

Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM

Program: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Lunch: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Course Description

This class is for all individuals who desire to improve their business writing skills.  The class topics include the building blocks of writing to achieve results, determining audience and purpose, mindmapping, transparent structure, cutting the clutter, making sentences make sense, active/passive voice, evaluating writing examples, agreement with antecedents, subject/verb agreement, parallel construction, editing, proofreading, and email communications.

 What you will gain from this seminar:
·          Discover the building blocks of writing to achieve results
·          Use the building blocks to evaluate all forms of writing
·          Practice using the mindmapping tool for organizing your thoughts
·          Learn how to use transparent structure
·          Practice cutting the clutter and editing run-on sentences
·          Learn the difference between writing in active vs. passive voice
·          Learn basic grammar rules
·          Learn the basic components of editing and proofreading
·          Learn how to avoid the mistakes of using email
Course OutlineI. MACRO ISSUES


A. The Building Blocks of Writing to Achieve Results    
B. Writing Basics - Audience & Purpose
1.  Want Ad Exercise
                                2.  The Costs of Not Getting Results
                                3.  Five Key Writing Questions
C. Critical Thinking - Organizing For Results
1.  Point Of View vs. Viewing Point
                                2.  Collection Letter
                                3.  Mindmapping
D. Transparent Structure
1.  Transparent Structure Exercise
E. Cutting the Clutter
1.  Examples of Redundancies
2.  Editing Redundant Words Exercise
3.  Deming Diagram - Analogy to the Writing Process
F. Making Sentences Make Sense
1.  Run-On Sentences Exercise
2.  Cluttered Sentences Exercise
G.  Active/Passive Voice
1.  Active/Passive Voice Exercise
2.  Active/Passive Voice Comparison
H. Evaluating Examples – Where the Rubber Meets the Road
A. Agreement with Antecedents
1.  Antecedent Exercise
B. Getting Verbs to Agree With Their Subjects
1.  Subject/Verb Agreement Exercise
C. Parallel Construction
1.  Parallel Construction Exercise
A. Editing
1.  The Six Most Common Editing Problems
2.  The Six Most Useful Editing Techniques – Exercises
B. Proofreading
1.  The Seven Most Common Proofreading Problems
2.  The Six Most Useful Proofreading Techniques – Exercises
C. Reviewing Everything We Have Learned
1.  Exercise - Find the 25 Errors
2.  Proofreading Matrix
3.  Final Checklist


Speaker Biography
William Woodington
Bill spent 18 years managing the Learning & Development (L&D) function for Wells Fargo Audit & Security, and is based in Minneapolis.  He is a CPA, CIA, and CRMA, with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a master’s degree in Finance.  Bill is also a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).  He spent four years as an Audit Specialist supervising audit projects prior to moving into the L&D position.  Prior to that, Bill worked for First Bank System and Deloitte and Touche.  Bill was responsible for teaching the core curriculum classes (New Hire Orientation, Auditor In-Charge Training, CIA Exam Review, Effective Writing, Situational Leadership, and Leadership 101) to Wells Fargo’s Audit staff.  He was also responsible for developing and delivering virtual training related to audit topics, and managing Audit & Security University at Wells Fargo.  Bill has taught seminars for the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and MIS Training Institute (MISTI).  He is certified by the IIA to teach CIA Exam Review.  He is also certified by the Ken Blanchard Companies to teach Situational Leadership II.