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Rules of thumb for business writers
Wienbroer, Diana Roberts.
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New York : McGraw-Hill, [2000]

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xiii, 223 pages ; 23 cm
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HF5718.3 .W54 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Designed to meet the writing demands of daily business, this book shows you how to: find your focus, break up your thoughts effectively, format your documents for optimal readability, and more. It teaches how to write business correspondence, casual e-mail messages, memos, agendas, instructions manuals, reports, newsletters and press releases.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Note from the Authorsp. xiii
Part 1 The Writing Process
Writing in the Business Worldp. 3
Finding Your Focusp. 6
Sizing Up Your Work Stylep. 8
What to Do When You're Stuckp. 11
Organizing Your Ideasp. 14
Paragraphingp. 18
Continuityp. 22
Adding Visual Interest: Layout and Illustrationsp. 24
Revisingp. 26
Proofreadingp. 29
Part 2 Writing with Power
Steps Toward a Clear Stylep. 35
Writing to Persuadep. 38
Writing with Energyp. 43
Trimming Wordinessp. 47
Grammar Review: Common Sentence Patternsp. 50
Avoiding Tangled Sentencesp. 55
Varying Your Sentencesp. 58
Eliminating Biased Languagep. 63
Part 3 Specific Business Writing
Guidelines for all Business Correspondencep. 67
E-mail and Fax Messagesp. 69
Memosp. 72
Lettersp. 75
Agendas and Minutesp. 80
Instructions and Directionsp. 82
Reportsp. 84
Newsletters and Press Releasesp. 89
Proposalsp. 92
Resumesp. 96
Part 4 Special Projects
Research on the Internetp. 103
Crediting Outside Sourcesp. 109
Recurring Projectsp. 112
Long-term Projectsp. 114
Collaborative Projectsp. 118
The Spoken Wordp. 121
Editing Other People's Draftsp. 123
Writing for Othersp. 125
Part 5 Correctness--Usage
Confusing Wordsp. 129
One Word or Two?p. 136
Spellingp. 139
Capitalizationp. 142
Abbreviations and Numbersp. 144
Correct Pronounsp. 146
Consistent Pronousp. 148
Pronouns: Avoiding Vaguenessp. 151
Verbs: Agreement with Subjectsp. 153
Verbs: Consistent Tensesp. 155
Word Endingsp. 157
Part 6 Correctness--Punctuation
Periods: Avoiding Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentencesp. 163
Commasp. 169
Semicolons and Colonsp. 173
Dashes and Parenthesesp. 175
Hyphensp. 177
Apostrophesp. 178
Quotation Marksp. 179
Italicizing (Underlining) or Quoting Titlesp. 183
Sample Memop. 187
Sample Bad News Memop. 188
Sample Letterp. 189
Sample Letter of Recommendationp. 190
Sample Meeting Agendap. 191
Two Sample Press Releasesp. 192
Sample Cover Letterp. 194
Sample Resume (Emphasis on Accomplishments)p. 195
Sample Resume (Emphasis on Skills)p. 197
Sample Resume (Limited Experience)p. 199
Sample Resume (Significant Experience)p. 200
The Anatomy of a Sentence: How to Diagramp. 201
A List of Important Referencesp. 204
Indexp. 217