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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, what resource will be best for you? 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:

  • Writing and Grammar: Discover four resources that help you avoid the most common errors and grammatical problems that plague business professionals.
  • Copywriting: Explore three courses that offer best-practices and strategies for creating impressive, engaging copy.
  • Technical Writing: Choose from three classes that show you how to create clear, effective technical documents.
  • Additional Resources: Peruse four books that 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

Paid Book

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

Paid Instructor-Led Class – Live Virtual or Onsite Classroom

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 3 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

Paid Book

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.4

Webucator Writing and Grammar Instructor-Led Course

Paid Instructor-Led Class – Live Virtual or Onsite Classroom

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

Paid Book

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

Paid Video 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

Paid Instructor-Led Class – Live Virtual or Onsite Classroom

“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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Diversity Training for Your Workplace: 12 Free and Paid Diversity Training Resources

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace can give your business a competitive edge.

Companies who prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have been shown to win more business and achieve higher profits. Research has shown that companies with gender diverse and ethnically diverse leadership are more likely to be financial top performers.

These companies are also more likely to retain top talent. Employees want to stay at companies that encourage a culture of inclusion and belonging.

An essential strategy for building a culture of inclusion is providing diversity training for employees and management. In building a DEI training program, you may choose to develop classes internally, subscribe to video courses, or work with a training company like Webucator.

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How to Learn Microsoft PowerPoint: 12 Free and Paid PowerPoint Training Resources

Business professionals rely on Microsoft PowerPoint to present information.

At Webucator, a Microsoft Certified training company, we have delivered PowerPoint Training for sales representatives, technical professionals, data analysts, researchers, business managers, and many, many others.

From consulting with our customers, I’ve found that learning Microsoft PowerPoint is a continuous process. Even if you have used PowerPoint for many years, learning features like Slide Master and advanced multimedia tools can help you save time and improve the appearance of your presentations.

Many professionals learn Microsoft PowerPoint on their own. With self-taught skills you can create a decent presentation, but learning to use some of PowerPoint’s productivity tools will help you work more quickly. You will make more professional presentations with custom themes and advanced formatting. You will captivate your audience with 3D models and image effects.

Along with building your skills to create impressive PowerPoint presentations, learning Microsoft PowerPoint keyboard shortcuts can claim back time in your workday.

Hundreds of PowerPoint users, including expert PowerPoint trainers, have shared their favorite PowerPoint resources with me. Increase your PowerPoint skillset using the tutorials, books, guides, videos, etc., listed in this article.

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15 Ways to Increase Your Influence at Work

Every endeavor requires influence.

In negotiation, you’re influencing someone to move closer to your point of view.  In conflict resolution, you’re influencing two people to solve their issues.  In organizational change, you’re influencing a person or organization to do something in a different way.

Influence is an essential skill in business. Here are 15 techniques that can help you build your skillset.

When reading this blog, think of a specific business goal you are trying to achieve. How can you use these influence techniques to achieve your goal?

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How to Learn Vue: 8 Vue.js Training Resources

There’s a relative newcomer to the world of JavaScript front-end frameworks that’s attracting a significant amount of attention among developers, Vue.js. In this blog post, I’ll tell you what all the buzz is about. We’ll look at the main points you need to consider to make an informed decision about whether to get on board with it. Finally, we’ll take a look at the best resources on the web to help you learn Vue.

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Data Science Technologies and Tools

Data science is one of the fastest growing career paths.

There may be up to 250,000 open data science jobs by 2024 in the United States, according to a recent InfoWorld article.

For companies and professionals looking to gain a foothold in the rapidly progressing field, there are many choices of technologies and tools.

Below is a list of the top Data Science topics, technologies, and tools to explore.

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How to Learn Microsoft Word: 12 Free and Paid Word Training Resources

Microsoft Word Training options include a live instructor, videos, books, and more. Source: yanalya – freepik

As an account manager at a Microsoft Certified training company, I’ve seen how Microsoft Word is an essential business tool. I’ve helped coordinate Word training for legal professionals, technical writers, executive assistants, policy analysts, and many others.

From talking with hundreds of clients, I’ve discovered that learning Microsoft Word is an ongoing process. Even experienced users can learn new tricks and save time with powerful tools like advanced styles and templates.

When it comes to Microsoft Office software like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, many of us are self-taught. While that might work to a degree, consider how much time can be saved when you learn the productivity tools in Microsoft Word. Think about how your documents would look far more professional by learning the Microsoft Word advanced formatting tools.

In addition to learning new tools and features of Microsoft Word, learning Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts can also be a fantastic way to claim back time in your work day.

After talking with hundreds of Word users and expert Word trainers, I compiled a list of the best resources that have been shared over the years.

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Top Role-Based IT Certifications

The average IT professional has 3 certifications and most IT professionals plan to gain more.

With a fast-changing technology landscape, relevant certifications ensure you are ready to adopt new technologies and integrate new strategies.

Many blogs have reported on the top paying certifications, which is helpful if you are just starting your IT career, or are considering a career change.

Getting more into the specifics, we can also explore certifications based on role. For example, which certifications are best if you are focused on big data? Which are relevant for demonstrating your cloud expertise?

Here are the top certifications for each IT skill set.

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Does your Website Meet Accessibility Standards?

In the United States, twenty percent of adults have a disability, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Disabilities that may impede a person’s ability to use a website include:

  • Deafness and loss of auditory capacity
  • Limited visual acuity and blindness
  • Cognitive medical conditions
  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech disabilities
  • Movement-based limitations
  • Photosensitivity
  • Other types of disabilities which impede content consumption.

The World Wide Web consortium (W3C) defines accessibility as the practice of insuring that people with disabilities can perceive, understand, navigate, and interact with websites and tools, and that they can contribute equally without barriers.

In spite of the emphasis given to accessibility issues in every web standard, actual implementation of accessibility best practices is still sub-par in many websites and web applications. In this blog post, I’ll discuss some of these best practices, explore the current state of accessibility tools, and give you a few pointers on things that you can do today to improve the accessibility of your website or applications.

Need more help? Click to learn Web Accessibility best practices from a live instructor. 

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CSS Maintenance Best Practices

If you’ve ever worked on a large website as part of a team, or even if you’ve ever worked on a small website with a long history, you know that one of the first things that can get out of control and cause maintenance nightmares is the site’s CSS. After a while of people making one-time changes and additions, it often seems like every additional change breaks something else.

For this reason, various people have come up with strategies and best practices for keeping CSS under control. In this article, I’ll discuss a few of these best practices and then show how using a CSS framework such as Bootstrap 4 can make doing the right thing almost effortless.

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