The first part of the method is objective setting. In this business writing course, that means taking a long hard look at what you want to achieve with your document.
By considering what you’re trying to write and who your audience is before you begin, your writing will be much more effective. This lesson introduces the hallmarks of a focused objective and provides guidance on how to achieve it.
Next, getting your messages right is critical for any writing. That’s why it’s such an important part of the Structured Writing MethodTM
The purpose of business writing is to communicate clear, concise, compelling messages. Many business documents can add ‘competitive’ to this list. In this lesson, you will learn a tried-and-tested, five-step process for creating compelling and competitive messages.
The method then moves on to structuring. If you can create an effective structure before writing begins, you are far more likely to write a better document, much faster.
Structuring with Microsoft Word’s Outline View
In this lesson, you will learn how to use Microsoft Word’s Outline View tool to rapidly and more effectively structure your writing.
The key thing about the Structured Writing MethodTM
is that writing tends to be the very last thing you do. After you’ve worked out your initial objectives, fine-tuned your messages and created the structure, you’ll find your writing is much more focused and confident than before. But it’s still important to look at several ways to improve the crafting of your writing at this last stage.