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Business Writing Training Courses

Training Courses in Business Writing Skills

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General Information for
Business Writing Skills training

Business writing skills training can yield huge benefits through improvements in efficiency, morale and motivation, while also avoiding communication problems that arise through poor standards of writing.

With Activia, you can check your skill level (see the button on the right) which ensures you book on the correct course.   This facility is also invaluable when putting together training programmes or bespoke courses for numbers of delegates.

You can also build a bespoke Business Writing course (click the button on the right) to suit your own or your company project requirements, incorporating the modules which cover the subjects you want to learn.

Effective writing is fundamental to good communications in any business - from simple writing skills to be used in letters and emails, to the creation of persuasive business reports.

Whether at management or staff level, a good standard of written communication will have a positive effect on performance, and training in writing skills will have a significant and beneficial impact on the business.

Related Courses

You will find related training courses in our Business Skills section.

Feedback from delegates on our Business Writing Skills courses

Average Review 4.3/5 based on 114 reviews.

"I found the training very helpful and would definitely use Activia again for training."     Ione Petit     Jun 10 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"Good day, down to earth tutor, clean environment and took away new ways of thinking regards writing which I have been able to use immediately. Thank you "     Sovel Cunningham     Jun 9 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"Really enjoyed the training - I got lots of information to use in my job."     Samantha Colclough     May 29 2015     Rating for feedback (5 stars)

"The course provide Leeza was fantastic."     Maddison Taylor     May 20 2015     Rating for feedback (5 stars)

"Our Trainer Leeza was very engaging and helpful. "     Jade Coates     May 20 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"Lovely presenter with a wealth of knowledge and very personable."     Jackie Kirkham     May 13 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"I enjoyed the course and the content was adequate for the day."     Diane Davis     Apr 29 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"Bernie was lovely and very engaging. "     Elizabeth Miller     Mar 27 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"i would like to say thank you to my trainer janet. she really understood my worries and tried to help me through them. great at her job and lovely to have met her. thank you."     mandy barrass     Mar 6 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"The trainer made you feel comfortable at every point and took the time to answer any questions we had. Full explanation was given when struggling to understand a point."     Angela Lewis     Feb 27 2015     Rating for feedback (5 stars)

"it was very good to be discussing Minute Taking with someone who has at somepoint in their career actually done it. She was very knowledgable with a lot of anecdotes and hints and tips for solving our particular issues. a very good day worth the trip "     Carol Mansfield     Feb 18 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"Will recommend to other staff members"     Steph Carr     Feb 4 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere, as I wasn't looking forward to being in the classroom environment. The trainer was very knowledgeable in various fields."     Miss G Ventrella     Jan 22 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"The trainer was very approachable and willing to answer all questions, giving ideas on what and how to look at things in the future."     Giovanna Ventrella     Jan 22 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"Anthony the trainer was very good and very helpful"     Susan Ablin     Jan 12 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"It was very useful and Chris was extremely supportive and very helpful."     Vera Graham     Jan 12 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"Janet is an approachable and inspiring trainer. Thank you."     Fran Humphry     Jan 12 2015     Rating for feedback (4 stars)

"I really enjoyed this course, I would most definate recomend this course to my colleagues. "     Suzanne Sayce     Jan 8 2015     Rating for feedback (5 stars)

"the trainer made it very interesting and made the course exciting to learn. "     Laura Verma     Dec 15 2014     Rating for feedback (5 stars)

"The facilitator was very inspiring, found it an enjoyable day."     Lisa Ashcroft     Dec 1 2014     Rating for feedback (3 stars)

Basic Principles of Business Writing

Course Outline

Duration: this is a one-day training course
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ILM Endorsed Training Course
Note: This exclusive training course has been developed by Activia and endorsed by the ILM – Europe's foremost provider of leadership and management qualifications. The training can be delivered as a stand-alone course, and an ILM award certificate provided at a small additional charge. Alternatively it can count towards an ILM-endorsed award for management training.
Content covered
Course Introduction and Overview
Why Write?
• The reasons for good writing 
The Five Cís of Writing
• Writing Clearly  • Writing Concisely  • Making Your Writing Complete  • Making it Correct  • Using Courtesy 
Word Agreement
• Making Words Agree 
Sentences and Paragraphs
• The Sentence  • The Paragraph 
Active and Passive Voice
• Active Voice  • Passive Voice  • Active vs Passive Voice  • Examples of Active and Passive Voice  • Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice  • Exercise: Using Active Voice 
Readability Index
• About the Readability Index  • Using the Readability Index 
My Writing: Whatís My Style?
Whats My Style?
• Different Styles of Letters 
A Personal Action Plan

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Advanced Principles of Business Writing

Course Outline

Duration: this is a one-day training course
training-courses-in-business-writing-skills
ILM logo
ILM Endorsed Training Course
Note: This exclusive training course has been developed by Activia and endorsed by the ILM – Europe's foremost provider of leadership and management qualifications. The training can be delivered as a stand-alone course, and an ILM award certificate provided at a small additional charge. Alternatively it can count towards an ILM-endorsed award for management training.
Content covered
Introduction and Course Overview
Practical Language
• Word Usage  • That and Which 
Inclusive Language
• The Importance of Inclusive Language 
Parallel Sentence Construction
• Parallel Sentence Construction 
Punctuation
• The Comma  • The Semi Colon  • The Colon  • The Apostrophe 
Spelling and Proofreading
• Spelling  • Proofreading 
Writing Business Letters
• Steps to Writing Business Letters  • Assess the Situation and Your Objective(s)  • Decide What to Say  • Put Your Thoughts in Sequence  • Identify Your Subject  • End By Pointing the Way Ahead  • Parts of a Business Letter  • Types of Letters  • Dissecting Letters 
Writing Reports
• Organisation  • Chronological Sequence  • Geographical or Spatial Arrangement  • Topical or Functional Arrangement 
Writing Memos
• Memo Structure 
E-Mail Etiquette
• Doís and Dontís of Email  • Managing Your Email Time 
Writing Challenges
A Personal Action Plan

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Minute Taking Made Easy

Course Outline

Duration: this is a one-day training course
training-courses-in-business-writing-skills
Content covered
Course Introduction and Overview
The Role of a Minute Taker
• What is a Minute Taker?  • Problems and Solutions 
The Skills of a Minute Taker
• The Skills of a Minute Taker 
Meeting Agreements
• Meeting Agreements 
Minutes Styles
• Choosing a Style  • Informal Minutes  • Action Minutes  • Formal Minutes  • Recording Motions and Resolutions  • What to Record 
Techniques for Preparing Minutes
• Top Techniques for Preparing Minutes  • Writing Minutes  • Editing Minutes 
Taking Minutes in an Interactive Meeting
• The Role of the Facilitator at an Interactive Meeting  • Members More Able To Participate  • The Role of the Minute Taker at an Interactive Meeting 
The Minute Book
• The Minute Book 
Developing Your Minute Taking Skills
• Appearances  • Listening Skills 
A Personal Action Plan

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Business Writing Basics 1 (Half Day)

Course Outline

Duration: this is a half-day training course
training-courses-in-business-writing-skills
Content covered
Introduction and Course Overview
The Five C's of Writing
• The First C : Writing Clearly  • The Second C : Writing Concisely  • The Third C : Making Your Writing Complete  • The Fourth C : Correct  • The Fifth C : Courtesy 
Sentences and Paragraphs
• The Sentence  • The Paragraph 
Active and Passive Voice
• Active Voice  • Passive Voice  • Active vs Passive Voice  • Examples of Active and Passive Voice  • Changing Passive Voice to Active Voice  • Exercise: Using Active Voice 
My Writing: Whatís My Style?

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Business Writing Basics 2 (Half Day)

Course Outline

Duration: this is a half-day training course
training-courses-in-business-writing-skills
Content covered
Introduction and Course Overview
Word Agreement
• Making Words Agree 
The Readability Index
• About the Readability Index  • Using the Readability Index 
Practical Language
• Word Usage  • That and Which 
Inclusive Language
• The Importance of Inclusive Language 
Parallel Sentence Construction
• Parallel Construction 
Punctuation
• The Comma  • The Semi Colon  • The Colon  • The Apostrophe 
Spelling and Proofreading
• Spelling  • Proofreading 

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Prices for Business Writing Skills training

Please note : all prices exclude VAT.
Scheduled public classes
[The simplest and most cost-effective option for 1, 2 or 3 delegates]
If you book in advance, Early Bird prices start at just £149
•  Basic Principles of Business Writing
 
First delegate: £249
2nd delegate: £209
3rd delegate +: £179 each
•  Advanced Principles of Business Writing
 
First delegate: £249
2nd delegate: £209
3rd delegate +: £179 each
•  Minute Taking Made Easy
 
First delegate: £179
2nd delegate: £149
3rd delegate +: £129 each
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To view scheduled dates, click the "Dates" button on the right

Training at your offices
[A convenient and very cost-effective option for groups of delegates]
•  Basic Principles of Business Writing
 
First delegate: £449
Extra delegates: £45 each
(Price per day)
•  Advanced Principles of Business Writing
 
First delegate: £449
Extra delegates: £45 each
(Price per day)
•  Minute Taking Made Easy
 
First delegate: £449
Extra delegates: £45 each
(Price per day)
•  Business Writing Basics 1 (Half Day)
 
First delegate: £179
Extra delegates: £30 each
(Price per ½-day)
•  Business Writing Basics 2 (Half Day)
 
First delegate: £179
Extra delegates: £30 each
(Price per ½-day)
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Scheduled dates for our public classes

Prices vary, and in general, the earlier you book, the lower the price.
Our small class sizes mean that classes are often full, so it's usually best to book as soon as you can.   So don't be disappointed by leaving it too late!

If you see classes at higher prices set to run over the next few days, these are empty classes and if you book, you may be the only delegate attending.

NOTE : prices are per delegate and exclude VAT.

Click on the links in the right panel for outlines and more information on any course.
View scheduled dates for the course you want by clicking on "Show/Hide Dates" in the relevant blue panel below.
Click on 'Book now' against the class you wish to book.

Business Writing and Minute Taking

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Basic Principles of Business Writing
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Jul 14, 2015
Manchester Princess Street
£249
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Aug 10, 2015
Birmingham City Centre
£229
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Aug 25, 2015
Manchester Princess Street
£239
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Advanced Principles of Business Writing
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Jul 15, 2015
Manchester Princess Street
£249
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Aug 26, 2015
Manchester Princess Street
£239
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Minute Taking Made Easy
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Jul 3, 2015
London Baker Street W1
 
**Full**
Jul 3, 2015
Slough
 
**Full**
Jul 8, 2015
Nottingham
 
**Full**
Jul 22, 2015
Leeds
£165
Book Now
Jul 22, 2015
Milton Keynes
£179
Book Now
Jul 24, 2015
Reading Green Park
£165
Book Now
Jul 29, 2015
Birmingham City Centre
£179
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Jul 31, 2015
Tower Bridge
£165
Book Now
Aug 5, 2015
Manchester Princess Street
£179
Book Now
Aug 10, 2015
Bristol
£179
Book Now
Aug 12, 2015
Slough
£166
Book Now
Aug 12, 2015
London Baker Street W1
£179
Book Now
Aug 21, 2015
Nottingham
£169
Book Now
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Course outlines

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Basic Principles of Business Writing
Advanced Principles of Business Writing
Minute Taking Made Easy
Business Writing Basics 1 (Half Day)
Business Writing Basics 2 (Half Day)
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Course Summaries for Business Writing Training Courses

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Basic Principles of Business Writing

Good writing is the memo that gets action, the letter that says what a phone call cannot. In business writing, the language is concrete, the point of view is clear, and the points are well expressed. Good writing is hard work. This course is designed to show delegates the basics of good business writing: how to write clearly, to use words correctly, how to construct sentences and paragraphs and which voice to use. There is lots of hands-on practice and the opportunity to ask questions along the way, which ensures a practical course that delivers real benefits to those attending.

Who should attend: Anyone who wants to improve the basics of their writing in order to become more effective.

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Advanced Principles of Business Writing

This course has been designed to build on the general skills presented in the Introduction course, and moves on to more specific topics like language and punctuation, as well as writing business letters, reports, emails and memos.

Who should attend: Anyone with competent writing skills who wants to improve and apply them to business reports and documents.

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Minute Taking Made Easy

This intensive one-day training course has been designed to develop an understanding of the role of a minute taker, to recognise the importance of minute taking, and to teach essential techniques for producing minutes that include all the information required, in the most suitable format for the occasion. There is also some discussion of how to overcome some of the problems that arise in the role.

Who should attend: Anyone who needs to take notes or minutes at meetings. The variety of people who need minute taking training is extremely wide, though likely candidates include secretaries, PAs and administrative assistants.

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Business Writing Basics 1 (Half Day)

This intensive half-day workshop builds a foundation and understanding of basic concepts and practices that will make writing correct and clear, and improve effectiveness by giving more authority to the writer.

Who should attend: Anyone who wants to acquire basic skills in effective writing.

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Business Writing Basics 2 (Half Day)

This intensive half-day workshop builds on the content of the Level 1 course by focusing on the specifics of sentence construction to enhance readability.

Who should attend: Anyone who wants to acquire basic skills in effective writing. Note: delegates must be thoroughly familiar with the content covered in the Level 1 course.

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Business Writing Training Courses from Activia

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We can provide training courses for Business Writing at any of our ten centres UK wide, or we can come to your offices – if you have groups of staff, this is a particularly convenient, flexible and cost effective option.

We have been training since 1995 and have continually developed our philosophy of high quality, flexible and cost effective provision of training courses for Business Writing.   This means you can be confident that we have the expertise, and the experience, to give all you need with course for Business Writing.

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