10 Great Essay Writing Tips

Knowing how to write a college essay is a useful skill for anyone who plans to go to college. Most colleges and universities ask you to submit a writing sample with your application. As a student, you’ll also write essays in your courses. Impress your professors with your knowledge and skill by using these great essay writing tips.

Most college essays ask you to answer a question or synthesize information you learned in class. Review notes you have from lectures, read the recommended texts and make sure you understand the topic. You should refer to these sources in your essay.

Plan Your Essay

Many students see planning as a waste of time, but it actually saves you time. Take a few minutes to think about the topic and what you want to say about it. You can write an outline, draw a chart or use a graphic organizer to arrange your ideas. This gives you a chance to spot problems in your ideas before you spend time writing out the paragraphs.

Choose a Writing Method That Feels Comfortable

You might have to type your essay before turning it in, but that doesn’t mean you have to write it that way. Some people find it easy to write out their ideas by hand. Others prefer typing in a word processor where they can erase and rewrite as needed. Find the one that works best for you and stick with it.

View It as a Conversation

Writing is a form of communication, so think of your essay as a conversation between you and the reader. Think about your response to the source material and the topic. Decide what you want to tell the reader about the topic. Then, stay focused on your response as you write.

Provide the Context in the Introduction

If you look at an example of an essay introduction, you’ll see that the best essays give the reader a context. Think of how you introduce two people to each other. You share the details you think they will find most interesting. Do this in your essay by stating what it’s about and then telling readers what the issue is.

Explain What Needs to be Explained

Sometimes you have to explain concepts or define words to help the reader understand your viewpoint. You also have to explain the reasoning behind your ideas. For example, it’s not enough to write that your greatest achievement is running an ultra marathon. You might need to define ultra marathon and explain why finishing the race is such an accomplishment.

Answer All the Questions

After you finish writing the first draft of your essay, make sure you’ve answered all the questions you were supposed to answer. For example, essays in compare and contrast format should show the similarities and differences between ideas, objects or events. If you’re writing about a significant achievement, describe what you did and how it affected you.

Stay Focused as You Write

Writing requires concentration. Find a place where you have few distractions and give yourself time to write without interruptions. Don’t wait until the night before the essay is due to start working on it.

Read the Essay Aloud to Proofread

When you finish writing your essay, read it aloud. You can do this by yourself or ask someone to listen to you read it. You’ll notice places where the ideas don’t make sense, and your listener can give you feedback about your ideas.

Avoid Filling the Page with Words

A great essay does more than follow an essay layout. It has something to say. Sometimes students panic and write everything they know about a topic or summarize everything in the source material. Your job as a writer is to show why this information is important.

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There are 4 modules in this course

Writing well is one of the most important skills you can develop to be successful in the business world. Over seventy companies and thirty thousand students--from professional writers to new employees to non-native English speakers to seasoned executives--have used the techniques in Business Writing to power their ability to communicate and launch their ideas. This course will teach you how to apply the top ten principles of good business writing to your work, how to deploy simple tools to dramatically improve your writing, and how to execute organization, structure, and revision to communicate more masterfully than ever. From the very first lesson, you'll be able to apply your new learning immediately to your work and improve your writing today. Your ideas are powerful. Learn how to deliver them with the clarity and impact they deserve.

"Thank you for giving me the knowledge I need in life. [Business Writing] was helpful, life changing, and has made a huge impact in my writing." -- Message from a Business Writing student The principles you'll learn in this course enable you to become a great business writer. They also provide the foundation for moving into Graphic Design and Successful Presentation, so that you can unleash your best professional self whenever--and however--you present your ideas in the workplace. This course can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Data Science (MS-DS) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-DS is an interdisciplinary degree that brings together faculty from CU Boulder’s departments of Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Information Science, and others. With performance-based admissions and no application process, the MS-DS is ideal for individuals with a broad range of undergraduate education and/or professional experience in computer science, information science, mathematics, and statistics. Learn more about the MS-DS program at https://www.coursera.org/degrees/master-of-science-data-science-boulder.

Building Great Business Writing

The first lesson in this module introduces the Effective Communication specialization, the capstone project, and the Business Writing course. You'll meet the writing instructor, Dr. Quentin McAndrew, and her counterparts Dave Underwood and Professor William Kuskin, who teach Graphic Design and Successful Presentation. Dave and William join Quentin to offer insights into how writing, design, and presentation relate to a process of continuous personal branding that we call Effective Communication. In this module, you'll discover the simple principles that inform all great business writing and that serve as the foundation of this course. These lessons set the stage for the deeper exploration and specific techniques that follow, not just in Business Writing, but in Graphic Design and Successful Presentation as well. Let's get started!

What's included

13 videos 6 readings 4 quizzes 3 discussion prompts

13 videos • Total 48 minutes

  • The Effective Communication Specialization • 3 minutes • Preview module
  • What's So Great About the Capstone? • 3 minutes
  • What is Good Writing? • 2 minutes
  • Be the Windowpane • 3 minutes
  • Waste No Time • 2 minutes
  • Don't Sound Smart; Be Smart • 4 minutes
  • Own Your Ideas • 3 minutes
  • Everyone Needs an Editor; or, the Story of My Failure • 5 minutes
  • Who are you? • 3 minutes
  • Appearance Matters • 3 minutes
  • Looking Your Best • 4 minutes
  • Dave Gives Pointers: Type is the Message • 5 minutes
  • Success! • 2 minutes

6 readings • Total 55 minutes

  • Earn Academic Credit for your Work! • 10 minutes
  • Course Support • 10 minutes
  • About the For-Credit Version of this course • 10 minutes
  • A Few Important Points About This Course • 5 minutes
  • Why Johnny Can't Write and Employers Are Mad • 10 minutes
  • You Can Never Be a Worse Writer Than I Was • 10 minutes

4 quizzes • Total 36 minutes

  • Simplifying Sentences • 6 minutes
  • Edit out the Wishy-Washy • 6 minutes
  • Improve Memos with Design Elements • 4 minutes
  • Writing Principles and Design • 20 minutes

3 discussion prompts • Total 30 minutes

  • Introduce Yourself and Meet Other Learners! • 10 minutes
  • Have You Noticed Good or Bad Writing? • 10 minutes
  • Have You Noticed Bad Design? • 10 minutes

The Formula for Writing Success

Did you know that the most important element of good writing isn't good writing? It's good organization. If you haven't organized your documents for maximum effectiveness, you've wasted an opportunity to present your ideas--and yourself--with power. This module teaches you the universal organizational formula that allows you to optimize your business writing. You'll understand how the principles you learned in Module One build to this formula, and you'll see how a scaffold gets created and applied to a real business document. By the end of this module, you'll be able to wield your organizational knowledge in service of your ideas and personal brand, and you'll have built the foundation that allows you to generate powerful sentences in Module Three.

9 videos 2 readings 4 quizzes 2 discussion prompts

9 videos • Total 39 minutes

  • Organize or Die • 2 minutes • Preview module
  • Great Writers Are Great Revisers • 2 minutes
  • The Organizational Scaffold You Need for Everything • 4 minutes
  • Quentin, William, and Dave Brainstorm the Memo • 4 minutes
  • Bonus Video: The Basics of Greatness • 6 minutes
  • A Blank Page: Facing the Void • 6 minutes
  • Say it: The Body Paragraphs • 6 minutes
  • Building Out the Scaffold • 4 minutes
  • The Conclusion Concludes • 1 minute

2 readings • Total 15 minutes

  • Have No Fear of English as a Second Language • 10 minutes
  • New York Times: "What Corporate America Can't Build: A Sentence" • 5 minutes

4 quizzes • Total 33 minutes

  • The Elements of the Scaffold • 6 minutes
  • Compare Openings • 6 minutes
  • Starting with the Most Important Point • 6 minutes
  • Practicing the Scaffold • 15 minutes

2 discussion prompts • Total 20 minutes

  • How Do You Get Ready to Write? • 10 minutes
  • Share an Example of Poor Organization • 10 minutes

Crafting Powerful Writing

In the first lesson of Module Three, we'll apply our writing principles and our scaffold to creating an actual memo. You'll see, step-by-step, how the scaffold guides the writing process to make it easier to create a forceful business document. You'll understand how to apply the scaffold to guide sentence and paragraph creation, and you'll have a chance to test and reinforce your new skills. The second lesson covers common grammatical errors that sap many writers' professional brands. Short videos explain each error, why each hurts your clarity, and how to correct your writing--even if you don't remember the grammar rule. You'll understand why these changes are important to your goal of Effective Communication and why it's important to eliminate these common missteps from your own writing.

15 videos 12 quizzes 2 peer reviews

15 videos • Total 50 minutes

  • It's Go Time! • 2 minutes • Preview module
  • The First Paragraph Roadmap • 5 minutes
  • Signposting with Topic Sentences • 4 minutes
  • William on Voicing Writing: How Does it Sound? • 2 minutes
  • Writing a Paragraph • 4 minutes
  • Revising a Paragraph • 4 minutes
  • The Conclusion Concludes (Reprise) • 1 minute
  • Does Good Grammar Matter? • 2 minutes
  • Grammar Blast: I vs. Me • 3 minutes
  • Grammar Blast: Mangled Modifiers • 5 minutes
  • Grammar Blast: Serial or Oxford Comma • 2 minutes
  • Grammar Blast: Pronoun Problems • 3 minutes
  • Grammar Blast: Apostrophe Abuse • 3 minutes
  • Grammar Blast: Your, You're, Their, They're, There • 2 minutes
  • Grammar Blast: That vs. Which • 2 minutes

12 quizzes • Total 100 minutes

  • Rubric Training Quiz • 20 minutes
  • What Goes in the First Paragraph? • 6 minutes
  • Writing Strong Topic Sentences • 6 minutes
  • Critique These Conclusions • 6 minutes
  • I vs. Me • 6 minutes
  • Fix These Modifiers • 6 minutes
  • Serial Comma Practice • 6 minutes
  • Pronoun Placement • 6 minutes
  • Apostrophe Practice • 6 minutes
  • Your vs. You're, There vs. Their vs. They're: Test Your Skill! • 6 minutes
  • That vs. Which • 6 minutes

2 peer reviews • Total 180 minutes

  • Second Paragraph of Coursera Pitch • 120 minutes
  • Writing an Intro Paragraph • 60 minutes

Activate Your Voice!

So, you've started to write a document . . . Module Four takes you beyond the scaffold and good grammar to provide you with specific tips that will elevate your language, infuse your writing with clarity, and amp up your ability to communicate your ideas effectively. Every lesson in this module is based on the principles you learned in Module One, and they form a checklist of techniques that you can apply to any business document to insure your ideas shine on the page. Short videos on emails and longer documents give you simple techniques for applying the lessons of this course to a broad range of your work.

15 videos 1 reading 8 quizzes 2 discussion prompts

  • Writing IS Revision • 3 minutes • Preview module
  • Check Your Scaffold • 1 minute
  • Keep It Simple • 4 minutes
  • Brevity is the Soul of Wit • 5 minutes
  • Dave on How Logo Design Reflects Brevity and Clarity • 5 minutes
  • Always be Specific; Avoid Generalities and Jargon • 5 minutes
  • The Power of Active Voice • 5 minutes
  • Limit Crutch Verbs • 2 minutes
  • Cut Prepositional Phrases • 2 minutes
  • Don't Repeat Words • 1 minute
  • Always Proofread • 0 minutes
  • A Word on Email • 3 minutes
  • Long Documents, in Brief • 2 minutes
  • In Conclusion • 4 minutes
  • Time to Design: Dave Takes the Memo • 1 minute

1 reading • Total 3 minutes

  • Credits • 3 minutes

8 quizzes • Total 67 minutes

  • Simplify Sentences • 6 minutes
  • Edit Out Generalities and Jargon • 6 minutes
  • Identify Passive Voice • 6 minutes
  • Change from Passive to Active • 6 minutes
  • Remove "to be" and "to have" • 6 minutes
  • Edit out Prepositional Phrases • 6 minutes
  • Finding Repeated Words • 6 minutes
  • Final Editing Quiz • 25 minutes

2 discussion prompts • Total 40 minutes

  • Edit My First Paragraph • 30 minutes
  • How Have You Changed Your Writing? • 10 minutes

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excellent course - Quintin made the course simple and fun. This learning experience helped me to improve my writing. I recommend this course to everyone interested in writing. Excellent work.

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The course did fulfill my expectations. Just a note for the future, the continuous camera angle changes caused me distractions. Except for that the contents were very clear and easy to follow.

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Thank you for taking the time to develop this course, it has been informative and insightful. I look forward to utilizing the knowledge I have gained to present my best self going forward.

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20 Free and Paid Business Writing Training Resources

In business, writing can make or break us.

Well-crafted words can build corporations, change minds, trigger emotions, and inspire communities.

Business Writing Classes from Webucator

Despite these benefits, many professionals lack the writing skills they need to perform. Research shows that writing is one of the largest skill gaps .

By investing in writing training, companies close the gap and reap the rewards of clear, concise communication.

Although developing writing expertise is a lifelong process, there are practical, hands-on classes that can elevate your writing quickly.

As you develop a plan for writing training, consider these questions:

  • What is the main function of your writing? Do you write to inform, influence, drive interaction, or motivate?
  • What form of writing are you typically engaged in? Is your day spent on email, proposals, reports, policies, manuals, memos, audits, standard operating procedures, white papers, technical articles, or marketing copy?
  • How do you like to learn? Books present in-depth comprehensive insight with space to take notes and flexibility to review later on. A live instructor offers a personalized experience with real-time feedback on your work. A video course provides engagement and ease while accommodating any schedule.

In creating your writing training program, you may develop your own course, purchase video classes, or work with a training company like Webucator.

Regardless of the type of training that you choose, consider your priorities and goals. You may need a class that teaches your employees to:

  • Plan a document using free writing, brainstorming, or outlining.
  • Establish a clear purpose.
  • Adjust messaging for technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Understand how purpose and audience affect content, tone, and format.
  • Organize information in a clear and logical manner.
  • Integrate transitions to improve flow and connect ideas.
  • Hold the reader’s interest.
  • Deliver messages using a crisp, compelling style.
  • Emphasize important content and action items.
  • Understand Email and IM best practices.
  • Deliver negative information strategically to improve outcomes.
  • Ensure that a message is clear, complete, concise, courteous, and correct.
  • Incorporate information from multiple sources and contributors.
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation.
  • Avoid common usage errors.
  • Recognize words that need to be capitalized.
  • Choose and consistently use the appropriate point-of-view and tense.
  • Understand and vary sentence structure.
  • Maximize active voice.
  • Implement proofreading strategies to ensure error-free writing.

Students in Webucator writing classes come from various backgrounds and job roles. Business executives, managers, administrative assistants, engineers, marketing professionals, web developers, technical writers, and others join our classes to sharpen their skills. When business professionals come to us for writing training, many request a “refresher to fix common mistakes.” Some customers need help creating clear, usable technical documents. Others want to create compelling content for their website.

Regardless of individual needs, most aspiring writers ultimately want to confidently write clear, compelling, concise, and error-free documents.

Luckily, anyone can learn to write well. With the right resources and plenty of practice, writing gets easier.

So, which resources will you need? Let’s find out.

Types of Writing Training

The web is bursting with instructional books, websites, videos, style guides, and live instructors that share writing strategies, rules, and tricks. This article shares the best instructional resources for many types of writing including:

  • General Business Writing : These courses improve your overall professional writing style.
  • Writing and Grammar : These resources help you avoid the most common errors and grammatical problems that plague business professionals.
  • Copywriting : These courses offer best-practices and strategies for creating impressive, engaging copy.
  • Email Writing and Email Etiquette : These courses give you practical methods for improving your daily email communication.
  • Technical Writing : These courses show you how to create clear, effective technical documents.
  • Additional Resources : These books offer advice on other writing topics such as persuasion, nonfiction, storytelling, and more.

Ready to find the perfect picks for your writing training program? Dive into this list of resources, so you can get started today!

General Business Writing Training

Business Writing for Dummies by Natalie Canavor

Business writing for dummies

This 400+ page book guides you through the writing process from start to finish. The book provides general writing tips as well as specific guidelines for email, reports, proposals, executive summaries, digital content, and more. Keep this book available for constant reference because it has a bit of everything!

High-Impact Business Writing from University of California

Free Course (with Paid Add-Ons Available)

It’s very hard to find a great free business writing course. After hours of digging, we discovered the High-Impact Business Writing class from University of California. The training includes videos, readings, slides, and quizzes. You can choose to audit the course for free, which gives you access to all of the content. In order to submit your quizzes and receive a certificate, you need to pay a fee. Take this course if you want free content and do not need a certificate.

Webucator Business Writing Basics

Paid Instructor-Led Class – Live Virtual or Onsite Classroom

Business Writing Basics Training

In this business writing class, a live instructor will show you strategies for conveying a clear, crisp message. You will practice organizing information, using appropriate business tone, and changing your content for different audiences. Take this class and start writing with confidence!

Webucator Business Writing for Executives

Need an advanced class for executive correspondence? This class is taught by a highly respected instructor who has trained senior leadership at Fortune 100 companies and federal government agencies. After taking this class, you will be saving time while writing messages that are clear, crisp, and compelling.

Writing and Grammar Courses for Professionals

Mastering Business Writing and Grammar from DocStoc

Free YouTube Course

This free business writing and grammar course exposes common writing errors and shows how to correct them. The 36 videos cover topics like commas, subject-verb agreement, capitalization, acronyms, and more. Each lesson delivers quick tips and grammar rules in less than three minutes, making it an easy course to digest all at once or in bite-sized chunks.

Purdue OWL Lab

Free Online Resource

One of the most popular writing resources on the internet, Purdue OWL provides easily accessible rules and best practices. Be sure to bookmark the search page ( https://owl.purdue.edu/search.html ) and the site map ( https://owl.purdue.edu/site_map.html ). Due to the size of the website, you will need those tools to navigate through the many pages and resources.

Elements of Style

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

Many professional writers view The Elements of Style as the holy grail of writing. Time named it on their All-TIME 100 Nonfiction Books list in 2011, and Open Syllabus Project named it one of the most frequently used books in U.S. academic syllabi. This guide includes usage rules, composition principles, misused words and expressions, and other essential topics.

Webucator Writing and Grammar Instructor-Led Course

Want hands-on practice with an expert? Take a live class from Webucator. This 1-day course uncovers the most common writing mistakes and shows how to correct them. You will learn about grammar and punctuation rules, common usage errors, correct sentence structure, and important proofreading strategies.

Copywriting Resources

Copywriting Quick Start: Top FREE Writing Tools & Hacks

Free Video Course

Need a quick crash course on copywriting? Professional writer Tyler Speegle offers 36 minutes of instruction to get you started. Speegle’s tools and tricks will help you save time and ease your copywriting woes.

Adweek Copywriting Handbook by Joseph Sugarman

Copywriting Handbook

This timeless guide will take you from copywriting zero to copywriting hero. Along with information and advice, Joseph Sugarman offers inspiration. His stories about achieving impossible sales through well-written copy will inspire any copywriter.

Copywriting Secrets by Len Smith and Sean Kaye

Paid Video Course

Packed with helpful tips and “ah-ha” moments, this course will change both your writing and your thought process. Len Smith provides best practices, and then he backs them up with research, data, and facts. This course expands beyond sales copywriting. It offers advice for writing press releases, case studies, web copy, and white papers. Len Smith presents straight-forward strategies with amusing illustrations to make the concepts stick.

Email Writing and Email Etiquette Courses

Barry Mohn’s Professional Email Writing Course

Tired of endless email chains and confusing correspondence? Barry Mohn’s video course teaches you to write clear emails that get results. You will learn to grab the readers’ attention, convey information respectfully, and emphasize action items. Although this is a video-based course, you will be writing constantly as you complete the hands-on exercises throughout the course.

Webucator Email Etiquette Course

Webucator Email Etiquette Course

“Wow” your customers and co-workers with direct, professional emails. In this class, you will work with a live instructor to improve your email communication. You will learn to create effective subject lines, use a polite tone, choose appropriate language and text, and check your grammar and punctuation. One day in class with the instructor gives you the confidence and the skills needed to write powerful, impressive emails!

Technical Writing Classes

Webucator Technical Writing Classes

  • Professional Technical Writing Class
  • Webucator Policy, Process, and Procedure Writing Class

Paid Instructor-Led Classes – Live Virtual or Onsite Classroom

When creating technical documents, clear communication and holding the reader’s attention make all the difference. These classes from Webucator help you to develop documents that any audience can easily understand. Get hands-on practice and immediate feedback from an expert in these live classes.

Technical Writing Course from Google

Free Self-Paced Tutorials

Google offers free access to a portion of their Technical Writing course. You can complete all of the Technical Writing course pre-work that they assign to their staff engineers. The tutorials include editing for correct grammar, using active voice, constructing clear sentences, adding lists and tables, considering your audience, creating attention-grabbing openers, and more.

Additional Resources

Stephen King once said, “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

In the spirit of Stephen King’s advice, we will leave you with a few more books to add to your reading list.

Persuasive Writing

Writing to Persuade: How to Bring People Over to Your Side by Trish Hall

Trish Hall, former editor of the New York Times Op-Ed Page, shares years of persuasive-writing experience in this instructional guide. This book will help any professional bring others to their side through writing.

Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

Handley’s book stands out and shines with her hundreds of practical tips and realistic approach. She guides writers past bland, simple high school writing formulas into more sophisticated and engaging writing strategies.

The Art of Writing Nonfiction by Andre Fontaine and William A. Glavin Jr.

Fontaine and Glavin offer insight and advice for making nonfiction writing clear, concise, and engaging. While topics are most applicable to blogging, marketing, and journalism, any writer will benefit from the advice in this book.

Writing Best Practices

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of the wealthiest and best-selling authors of all time for a reason: he’s a fantastic writer. In his memoir, On Writing , he shares all of the writing techniques that make his books so addictive.

Your Writing Training Action Plan

Ready to create your action plan? As you develop a writing training program for your organization, consider using several methods to support your employees. From video courses to live instructor workshops, there’s a solution for everyone.

Interested in a quick chat about writing training? Reach out to us! We’ll help you find the perfect course quickly.

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13 Best Business Writing Courses: Free and Paid

Fahad Usmani, PMP

March 1, 2023

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Today I will provide you with 13 best business writing courses .

Managers spend the most time communicating with people inside and outside their organization. So, their writing quality often determines how good or bad a manager is. Regardless of the position, every employee has to make reports for either their superiors or subordinates.

Specific business writing courses can help to improve your business writing skills. In general, articulate business writing significantly affects a team’s success in dealing with clients and other stakeholders. Thus, individuals with better writing skills are often more successful. 

Business writing includes reading and writing emails, notes, presentations, formal contracts, text messages, comments on social media, instant chats, and more.

Top 13 Business Writing Courses

The following is a list of the top 13 business writing courses.

  • English for Business and Entrepreneurship (Coursera)
  • Writing in the Workplace: Email, Memos, Reports, and Social Messaging (Pluralsight)
  • Business Writing (Coursera)
  • Master Course in Business Writing and Business Strategy 2.0 (Udemy)
  • Better Business Writing in English (Coursera)
  • High-Impact Business Writing (Coursera)
  • Business Writing & Technical Writing Immersion (Udemy)
  • English for Effective Business Writing (Coursera) 
  • English for Career Development (Coursera)
  • Business English Course: Essentials in Business World (Udemy)
  • Business English Complete: English for Professionals (Udemy)
  • Business English: Basics (Coursera)
  • Better Business Writing Skills (Udemy)

#1. English for Business and Entrepreneurship (Coursera)

1. English for Business and Entrepreneurship Coursera

This business writing course is made by the University of Pennsylvania and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs. The program teaches non-native English speakers about the global business economy.

Throughout this course, you can learn about specific topics and languages necessary to succeed in the international workplace. It introduces entrepreneurship by examining ideas, products, and opportunities and teaches the basics of market research. This course also discusses business plans, including their importance, how to compose them, and how to create a persuasive pitch to fund a business plan.

The course has a 4.8 star rating and over 429,000 subscribers. It is spread out over five weeks.

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This course costs 47.75 USD with a certificate, but you can enroll for free without the certificate.

#2. Writing in the Workplace: Email, Memos, Reports, and Social Messaging (Pluralsight)

2. Writing in the Workplace Email Memos Reports and Social Messaging Pluralsight

This course provides strategies for creating and refining workplace writing while covering the most common features and forms of everyday workplace writing, such as emails, memos, interoffice communication, and reports. It focuses on the importance of sustained, daily workplace writing, the proficiency required to increase productivity, and the value of writing quality. 

It is taught by Alan Ackmann, who specializes in career development writing and the rhetoric of slideware and presentations. It includes lessons on email interactions, routine and sensitive memos, informal and investigative reports, progress reports, and meeting minutes.

This course is for anyone looking to improve their workplace writing skills, from entry-level employees to senior executives.

It has a 4.5 star rating and takes approximately three hours and forty-two minutes to complete. 

This business writing course, with a certificate, costs 18.12 USD per month after a ten-day trial.

#3. Business Writing (Coursera)

3. Business Writing Coursera

This course is offered by the University of Colorado, Boulder. It aims to teach professional writers, new employees, and non-native English speakers how to harness their communication ability to help launch their ideas to become seasoned executives.

If you take this course, you can learn how to apply the top ten principles of good business writing to your work, deploy simple tools to improve your writing, and execute organization, structure, and revision to communicate more masterfully than ever before.

This business writing course has a 4.8 star rating and over 151,000 subscribers. It is spread out over four weeks.

This course, with a certificate, costs 49.92 USD, but you can enroll in it for free without one.

#4. Master Course in Business Writing and Business Strategy 2.0 (Udemy)

4. Master Course in Business Writing and Business Strategy 2.0 Udemy

During this master course in business writing, you can learn the importance of business writing, its types, golden rules, and the basic qualities, elements, and principles of business writing. In addition, you can learn how to write business strategies more effectively.

This course has a 4.6 star rating and over 6,000 subscribers. It also has one section and five lectures. It takes about fifty minutes to complete. 

This course costs 19.99 USD with a discount price of 11.99 USD.

#5. Better Business Writing in English (Coursera)

5. Better Business Writing in English Coursera

This business writing course is offered by the Georgia Institute of Technology. It teaches how to write more clearly and effectively in English by developing a personal voice and strategies to plan and produce concise and understandable text. 

Throughout this course, you can learn various writing skills like how to choose a correct noun, noun modifiers, verb forms and tenses, a variety of clauses and sentences. Then, you learn how to use these skills in different business communication forms, including cover letters, mission and vision statements, proposals, instructions, and reports. 

You can also learn how to organize, design, and write clear text for PowerPoint presentations.

This course has a 4.7 star rating and over 82,000 subscribers. It is spread out over four weeks.

This course costs 47.75 USD with a certificate, but you can enroll in it for free without one. 

#6. High-Impact Business Writing (Coursera)

6. High Impact Business Writing Coursera

This course is created by the UCI Division of Continuing Education. It teaches how to articulate your thoughts clearly and concisely to be more easily understood by your audience. It also teaches the correct writing style for the correct medium and audience. 

During this course, you can learn how to write effective business communications, including bad and good news, persuasive writing, presentations, emails, memos, business reports, and press releases. You can also learn how to edit and proofread business documents for a global market.

It has a 4.5 star rating and over 182,000 students have registered for it. Overall, it is spread out over four weeks.

#7. Business Writing & Technical Writing Immersion (Udemy)

7. Business Writing Technical Writing Immersion Udemy

This course improves communication skills for business and technical writers. It teaches how to use a systematic writing process to produce clear, effective messages that impress your audience and improve your career trajectory. 

It includes twelve steps, over sixty practical techniques, and a separate section for writing professional emails. It also includes on-demand videos, downloadable resources, access on mobile devices and TV, and provides you with a certificate of completion. 

This course is suitable for professionals who need to write technical software documents, business reports, PowerPoint presentations, or emails. . It is intended for any participant level, from recent college graduates to experienced executives and everyone in between. Anyone who needs to develop clear and effective communication skills can benefit from it. 

Starweaver, one of the world’s most highly regarded training providers, developed this course with help from seasoned authors, editors, business executives, and technical writers with many years of hands-on experience. Many top companies trust it, including NASDAQ, Volkswagen, Box, NetApp, and Eventbrite.

It has a 4.4 star rating and over 33,000 subscribers.

This course costs 99.99 USD with a discount price of 19.99 USD.

#8. English for Effective Business Writing (Coursera)

8. English for Effective Business Writing Coursera

This course is offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. This effective business writing course helps improve your business English writing skills by developing your use of vocabulary, grammar, understanding of different business writing genres, and the ability to write professional business documents. 

Throughout this course, you can learn how to write business emails and executive summaries. You can also improve your persuasive writing skills in English, use an appropriate style and tone for business communication, and how to adapt your content for a specific purpose, context, and audience.

It has a 4.5 star rating and over 49,000 subscribers. It is spread out over six weeks.

#9. English for Career Development (Coursera)

9. English for Career Development Coursera

This course is created by the University of Pennsylvania and funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of English Language Programs. It is designed for non-native English speakers interested in advancing their careers in the global marketplace. 

During this course, you can learn about the job search, application, and interview process in the United States. It also helps you explore your global career path while building your vocabulary and improving your language skills. 

It has a 4.8 star rating and over two million subscribers. It is spread out over five weeks.

#10. Business English Course: Essentials in Business World (Udemy)

10. Business English Course Essentials in Business World Udemy

This course can prepare you for life in the business world by teaching you about different business lectures, formal emails, business meetings, and presentations. By taking this course, you can improve your professional business vocabulary, which can lead to new career opportunities. 

It can also improve your listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills while providing an overall understanding of English business culture.

This course has a 4.5 star rating and over 11,000 subscribers. It also has seven sections and thirty-five lectures over two hours.

This course costs 54.99 USD with a discount price of 11.99 USD.

#11. Business English Complete: English for Professionals (Udemy)

11. Business English Complete English for Professionals Udemy

Throughout this business English course, you can learn essential business English Vocabulary, expressions, and native expressions for various situations. 

If you take this course, you can develop the confidence to speak and communicate clearly with your work colleagues, improve your English communication skills in various business settings, and understand strategies and skills to help you ace interviews. This course can improve your listening skills through recorded dialogues in business English conversation. 

It has a 4.56 star rating and over 2,700 subscribers. It also has eleven sections and 105 lectures with over seventeen hours.

This course costs 74.99 USD with a discount price of 11.99 USD.

#12. Business English: Basics (Coursera)

12. Business English Basics Coursera

This basic course in English writing is offered by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. It improves your business English language skills by helping you develop your vocabulary, reading skills, and understanding of tone, style, and communication methods.

Throughout this course, you can learn how to describe events, make requests, and support arguments in business English. You can also learn how to use an appropriate tone and style according to the context of business English, conduct an audience analysis, match your audience with the purpose and medium of communication, and how to analyze and summarize business data.

It has a 4.5 star rating with over 119,000 students registered. It is spread out over six weeks.

Let us move on to the last business writing course.

#13. Better Business Writing Skills (Udemy)

13. Better Business Writing Skills Udemy

Throughout this business writing skills course, you can learn the skills, tips, and tricks of persuasive and great content writing. You can learn how to use clear, concise, and persuasive language to achieve your objective and avoid writer’s block.

You can also learn about the advantages of being a persuasive writer, the ancient secrets of persuasive writing, and how it can help you achieve your goals. In turn, you can learn why it is vital to be a talented writer, how to polish your words with powerful editing techniques and test your work to ensure it sends the right message and has an appropriate structure for maximum impact.

This course has a 4.6 star rating and over 82,000 subscribers. It has eight sections and sixty-six lectures over three hours. 

This course costs 99.99 USD with a discount price of 16.99 USD.

The business writing courses listed in this post can enhance your writing skills and help you excel in the business world. These courses cover many topics, such as grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, tone, style, and formatting. They also teach you how to write effective emails, reports, proposals, and other business documents. So, choose a course that suits your needs and improve your communication skills today.

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Business Writing Techniques, will expand on the different communication styles and discuss the best practices of business writing by providing real-world scenarios and applications. Learners will examine how to use the 6 C's to enhance their business messages. Learners will also discuss the proper etiquette of business writing and examine the use of emoji in business communications.

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Business writing techniques, about this course.

The Business and Professional Communications for Success program will provide learners with the essential knowledge to create appropriate business messages and apply proper business writing techniques in their written business communications, all while working in diverse environments. This program also examines the various types of business presentations in the work environment and allows learners to apply their knowledge to create and present their work.

Business Writing Techniques will expand on the different communication styles of business writers. We will discuss business writers' best practices by providing real-world scenarios and applications such as proofreading and rewriting. Learners will examine how to use the 6 C's to enhance their business messages. Learners will also discuss the proper etiquette of business writing and examine the use of emoji in business communications.

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  • Subject: Communication
  • Level: Introductory
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • MicroBachelors Program in Business and Professional Communication for Success
  • Associated skills: Proofreading, Business Communication, Communications, Business Writing, Business Presentations

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By the end of this course learners will be able to:

● Identify Parts of a business letter

● Examine the 6 C's for business messages

● Evaluate Direct Vs. Indirect messages

● Examine the use of emojis in the business setting

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