Business Writing in the Digital Age

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SAGE, Oct 20, 2011 - Business & Economics - 303 pages
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Business Writing in the Digital Age fills an urgent need to equip business and MBA students to write more effectively in a style that works for today's business world. Using a readable, highly accessible approach and numerous concrete examples, this book frames writing as a strategic tool to accomplish goals. Readers learn a step-by-step system that tells them what to say, and how to say it in every circumstance. At the same time they learn how to improve their technical skills by applying practical techniques rather than grammatical rules.

In today's business world, success depends on writing. Those who write well are better able to win opportunities, establish their reputation, persuade others to their viewpoint and build relationships. They collaborate, manage and lead more effectively. Writing well also equips businesspeople to function in a global marketplace and reach increasingly diverse audiences.

This book builds readers' confidence and capabilities. No matter what their starting point, they absorb a solid foundation that applies to all writing. They also learn the specifics of crafting messages and documents that range from the traditional, like letters and proposals, to media such as email, blogs, web sites, PowerPoint and social networking. This broad coverage makes the material relevant and compelling. Students also develop tools to keep improving on their own, and to handle new communication channels as they emerge.

Business Writing in the Digital Age helps teachers stay current with a changing media landscape. They can use it as a complete guide to writing development, drawing on the practice opportunities and group projects supplied, or assign students to work with some--or all the material--on their own.


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Natalie Canavor is a business writer, author and communications consultant whose background includes journalism, magazine editing and public relations. Throughout her career she has originated programs to share the benefits of good writing. Today she conducts workshops on writing-for-results for business audiences and teaches Corporate Communications Writing at New York University.

A specialist in strategic messaging, she helps businesses tell their stories effectively through print and online media. Her own byline has appeared on hundreds of features and columns in the New York Times, Newsday, Communication World and a host of business and technical publications. She also wrote a six-year column on better writing for the International Association of Business Communicators’ CW Bulletin, read online by 16,000 professionals worldwide.

As a national magazine editor she created four successful start-ups, including Today’s Filmmaker, Videography, and Technical Photography. As a corporate communicator, she built and directed a 14-person department for New York State’s largest educational agency. She counseled top management and local school leaders on communication strategy, oversaw all print and e-media, and developed communications-skills training programs.

She is co-author of a popular book for businesspeople, The Truth About the New Rules of Business Writing; and earlier, wrote the best-selling How to Market Your Photographs. Her work has earned dozens of national and international awards for articles, video scripts, web sites and publications. She is former president of the International Association of Business Communicators/Long Island, which recognized her as Communicator of the Year, and a founding officer of IABC’s Heritage Region.

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