Discussion: Writing Professionally

This discussion can be found in Google Docs: Business Communication Skills for Managers Discussion: Writing Professionally

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Writing in a professional setting requires more formality than you use when talking to a friend. Watch the video below to learn more about the nuances of writing with a professional tone.

(Start at about 1:00.)

After watching the video, answer some of these questions: What sort of things should you look out for in writing professional documents? What sort of audiences are likely to read your business writing, and how do those audiences differ from audiences you encounter in other aspects of your life, like at school or with friends? Share your opinions below and respond to two of your classmates’ thoughts.