Business Writing for Today's Professional

Date & Time

Wednesday, 05 October 2016
09:00 to 17:00

Location

Thea Koerner House, 6371 Crescent Road, Point Grey Campus

Offered by

Graduate Pathways to Success and the Mitacs Step Program

Registration Closed / Past Event

 
 

* This session is being offered in collaboration with the MITACS Step program. Mitacs Step offers a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach to professional skills development. The workshops that are offered provide practical tools in business, communications, and project management through experiential learning from industry professionals in an interactive environment, arming graduate students for success within or beyond academia.

No matter what field you’re working in, written communication is a critical part of your day-to-day duties. Regardless of your comfort or skill level, you can benefit from learning techniques to entice your readers and achieve your goals. This workshop will help all professionals hone their writing skills using proven techniques and processes. 

Workshop Objective:

To provide opportunities for participants to build on their business writing knowledge and skills through a combination of self-directed activities and in-person, facilitated application. Through their participation, participants will shape their approach to strategically creating clear written communication in a professional setting.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain practical written communication skills to improve engagement with various stakeholders
  • Deepen your understanding of writing techniques to concisely grab a reader’s attention and get results
  • Learn writing methods that can be applied immediately   
  • Harness writing processes that maximize preparation and effective writing time

Key Topic Areas:

Preparing to write

  • Preparing to write: Gathering ideas , Organization, Scheduling
  • Determine relevant information + Structure + Tools: Operational plan, Report, Template, Email
  • Estimating + Scheduling + Defending writing time (email, letters, templates)

Actively Writing

  • Reduction techniques: 1st write, 2nd write, 3rd write
  • Report Writing: Top Tips + Samples review
  • Tables: Using – how to, when to, + Tips
  • Images vs. Words (when to visualize data)
  • Organizing Content: Top-down vs. Bottom Up
  • Duration estimating: How long will this really take up in my day?
  • Call-To-Action: Defining, usage
  • Assessing + Respecting audience reading / attention time

Self-Editing + Review

  • Proofing techniques
  • Grammar + Sentence Structure Top Tips
  • Formatting tips + MS Word / MS Excel quick tips
  • Improving Clarity, Tone

Facilitator

Rose Hastreiter is a professional project manager, programme manager, pm advisor, entrepreneur, creative professional and international facilitator who helps organizations develop their plans through the development of their people, processes, and the relationships in-between. Dynamic + engaging, her live workshops are inspiring, insightful, practical, and committed to bridging practical information with real-world application and human understanding. Her facilitation style is entertaining yet intelligent & pragmatic, with great testimonials from many of over 10,000 participants to date, in various sectors and fields of expertise.

Registration Information

Registration opens on Monday, September 26 at 9:00am.

NO SHOW FEE: No shows are costly for our program and, most importantly, leave students on the waiting list. Students who register and do not attend will be charged a $25 no show fee. To avoid this fee, please cancel at least 48h in advance by e-mailing graduate.pathways@ubc.ca. This will allow us to add someone from the waiting list and run a full session. If we are able to fill your spot from the waiting list, you will not be charged. 

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows from all BC post-secondary institutions are eligible to register. For UBC graduate students, the workshop registration form will appear at the bottom of the event page on community.grad.ubc.ca. If you are a non-UBC student please register by sending an email to: graduate.pathways@ubc.ca after the registration open date and time stated above. If you do not receive a registration confirmation or waitlist e-mail from lina.yu@ubc.ca or graduate.pathways@ubc.ca within 2 working days of registering we recommend e-mailing us to follow up as this indicates we have not received your registration submission.

For postdoctoral fellows, please register via the Postdoctoral Fellows Office.

Accessibility

If you have a disability or medical condition that may affect your full participation in the event, please email graduate.pathways@ubc.ca, 604-827-4578, well in advance of the event.