Element K Fundamentals of Communication Lesson 2

Objectives

  1. Write a structured business document so that it contains the essential elements of style and presents the intended message to the receiver.
    • You don’t have to be an English major to write effectively. Today’s word processing software includes checks for grammar and spelling, often with suggestions for changes. Your goal as a writer is to come up with the content and format it in a clear, organized fashion that the reader can understand. Applying the essential elements of style to your writing will ensure that you write precise, meaningful business documents.
  2. Write an effective business letter so that it contains the essential elements of style and communicates its intended purpose to the recipient.
    • The business letter is one of the most used types of business documents. While it is true that email is popular, a letter is still the best way to formally communicate to another company, a client, members of an organization, or in any situation where you need to be professional.
  3. Write an effective memo so that it matches the communication purpose.
    • The memo, short for memorandum, is a written note used for internal communication in the workplace. With the popularity of email, the notion of a memo seems quaint and old-fashioned. However, there are still situations where a memo is the best form of communication.
  4. Write a report so that it contains the essential elements of an effective report in response to a specific business need.
    • A report is usually a long document, over three pages, created in response to a specific need. Reports are composed of facts discovered through research and analysis, and they typically end with a conclusion or recommendation. Before you can write an effective report, you need to gather, analyze, and organize your data.
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