Ultimate Business Acumen Online Bundle, 10 Certificate Courses

Increase your Financial Literacy & Improve Business Sense

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Get Business Acumen, Risk Assessment and Management, Critical Thinking, Basic Bookkeeping, Assertiveness and Self-Confidence, Change Management, Talent Management, Communication Strategies, Business Writing Online and Collaborative Business Writing in this Bundle

1. Business Acumen: Increase your Financial Literacy & Improve Business Sense

Improve your judgment and decisiveness skills. Business Acumen is all about seeing the big picture and recognizing that all decisions no matter how small can have an effect on the bottom line. Increase your financial literacy and improve business sense. 

Business Acumen will give you an advantage everyone wishes they had. The Business Acumen Online Short Course will help you recognize learning events, manage risk better, and increase your critical thinking. Business Acumen has the ability to influence your whole organization, and provide that additional edge that will lead to success.

By the end of this Business Acumen Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Know how to see the big picture
  • Develop a risk management strategy
  • Know how to practice financial literacy
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Practive management acumen
  • Find key financial levers

2. Risk Assessment and Management: Knowing How To Manage Risk and Hazards are Vital in an Organization

It is not possible to control or manage 100% of risk, but knowing what do before, during, and after an event will mitigate the damage and harm. Identifying potential hazards and risks and making it part of the day to day business is important. Safety should be the first priority as every business must face the reality of risks and hazards.

Through our Risk Assessment and Management Online Short Course you will be aware of hazards and risk that you didn’t realize were around your workplace. Identifying hazards through proper procedures will provide you with the ability to prevent that accident before it occurs. Limiting and removing potential dangers through Risk Assessment will be an incredible investment.

By the end of this Risk Assessment and Management Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Identify hazards and risks
  • Update control measures
  • Grasp the fundamentals of accident reports
  • Identify risk management techniques
  • Outline a disaster recovery plan
  • Communicate to the organisation

3. Critical Thinking: Analyze and Evaluate Information to Boost Your Performance

Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information. With these skills you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from a piece of data. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur.

Our Critical Thinking course will lead you to be a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce bias which will provide a greater understanding of the environment. This course will provide you with the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information which will provide an incredible boost in performance.

By the end of this Critical Thinking Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the components of critical thinking
  • Utilise non-linear thinking
  • Use logical thinking
  • Recognise what it means to be a critical thinker
  • Evaluate information using critical thinking skills
  • Identify the benefits of critical thinking
  • Revise perspective, when necessary
  • Comprehend problem solving abilities

4. Basic Bookkeeping: Understand and Implement Basic Bookkeeping Principles

Whether working in someone else’s business or your own business it’s important to understand financial matters. Understanding bookkeeping basics may be the key to keeping your fiscal matters running smoothly and efficiently

The Basic Bookkeeping Online Short Course is the short and sweet answer to your problems. From accounts receivable to accounts payable, from loans to payments, this short course covers everything you’ll need to know.

More importantly, the course is essential and practical, providing an effective outline and practical tools to help you manage key financial matters.

By the end of this Basic Bookkeeping online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic accounting terminology
  • Identify the differences between the cash and accrual accounting methods
  • Keep track of your business by becoming familiar with accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Use a journal and general ledger to document business financials
  • Utilize the balance sheet
  • Identify different types of financial statements
  • Uncover the reasons for and actually create a budget
  • Be familiar with internal and external auditing

5. Assertiveness and Self-Confidence: How To Be A High Achiever and Succeed in Life!

Self-confident and assertiveness are two skills that are crucial for success in life. If you don't feel worthy, and/or you don't know how to express your self-worth when communicating with others, life can be very painful. These skills will provide opportunities and benefits in your professional and personal lives.

The Assertiveness and Self-Confidence course will give you an understanding of what assertiveness and self-confidence mean and how to develop those feelings in your day-to-day lives. These skills will encompass many aspects of your life and have a positive effect.

By the end of the Assertiveness and Self-Confidence Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Define assertiveness and self-confidence, and list the 4 styles of communication
  • Describe the types of negative thinking, and how one can overcome negative thoughts
  • Explain the difference between listening and hearing, and understand the importance of body language and questioning skills in communication
  • Define the importance of goal setting, and practice setting SMART goals for assertive behavior
  • Utilise methodologies for understanding your worth - and the use of positive talk
  • List reasons why a pleasing appearance and body language are critical for creating a strong first impression
  • Practice sending positive communications phrased as "I-Messages"
  • Use the STAR model to make your case during a presentation challenge
  • Display rapport-building skills through assertive methods of expressing disagreement and consensus - building techniques
  • Practice strategies for gaining positive outcomes in difficult interpersonal situations.

6. Change Management: Manage Change Smoothly and Effectively to Achieve Your Goals

Change is a constant in many of our lives. All around us, technologies, processes, people, ideas, and methods often change, affecting the way we perform daily tasks and live our lives. Having a smooth transition when change occurs is important in any situation and you will gain some valuable skills through this course.

The Change Management course will give any leader tools to implement changes more smoothly and to have those changes better accepted. This course will also give you an understanding of how change is implemented and some tools for managing reactions to change.

This course will investigate various ways of managing change leaving you better equipped to deal with future changes.

Course Topics:

  • Change Management Plan
  • ADKAR Model
  • Appreciative inquiry is conducted in organizations for several reasons:
  • Communication Plan
  • Four Stages of Appreciative Inquiry

By the end of this Change Management Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  •  List the steps necessary for preparing a change strategy
  •  Describe the WIFM  the individual motivators for change
  •  Relate the five dimensions of the ADKAR model for understanding change
  •  Use needed components to develop change management and communications plans
  •  Employ strategies for gathering data
  •  Utilise methods for leading change project status meeting and celebrating success
  •  Describe the four states of Appreciative Inquiry, its purposes, and sample uses in case studies
  •  Use strategies for aligning people with a change
  •  Describe the importance of resiliency in the context of change
  •  Explain the importance of flexibility in the context of change

7. Talent Management: Talented Employees are the Key to Success 

Every company wants to have the best and brightest employees, and with Talent Management that can be achieved. With a company's workforce generally being its highest cost, does it not make sense to invest in it? With Talent Management you are developing a more skilled workforce, and attracting better and more skilled new hires.

We all know that training and retraining is expensive, and our Talent Management course will reduce these costs. Recruiting the correct people, and keeping a talented workforce is a priority. Having a talented group of employees has always been a key to success; it will translate into better performance and higher productivity. Talent Management is the investment that will pay dividends for years to come. 

By the end of this Talent Management Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Define talent and talent management
  • Understand the benefits of talent management
  • Recognise performance management and ways to review talent
  • Identify employee engagement
  • Create assessments and training programs
  • Learn how to improve employee retention

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Download printer friendly course content
  7. Certificate (IAOTS Accredited)

8. Communication Strategies: Build Better, Stronger, and More Fulfilling Relationships 

For the better part of every day, we are communicating to and with others. Whether it’s the speech you deliver in the boardroom, the level of attention you give your spouse when they are talking to you, or the look that you give to the cat, it all means something.

This course will help you understand the different methods of communication and how to make the most of each of them.

Course Topics:

  • Paraverbal Communication
  • Body Language
  • The four stages in the Appreciative Inquiry model are known as the 4-D cycle
  • Speaking Like a Star
  • Positive Signals

By the end of this Communication Strategies Online Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what communication is
  • Understand the different ways communication takes place
  • Overcome communication blockages
  • Make the most of non-verbal and paraverbal communication
  • Understand and utilize the STAR method
  • Listen actively and effectively
  • Ask good questions
  • Use appreciative inquiry as a communication tool
  • Establish common ground with others

9. Business Writing Online: Become an Expert at Writing Effective Emails, Letters, Reports and More

We all know that writing is one of the most important methods of business communication for most people, whether its e-mails, memos, proposals, or major reports. Lots of people struggle with the composition of these. Sometimes it's because they don't have to do it very often so, therefore, it doesn't flow as easily as they would like, sometimes because they are new to a role, or just because it's not their favorite thing.

This Business Writing Online Short Course will provide:

  • A quick refresher on basic writing concepts (such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation) the things that we often miss especially when completing work under pressure; and
  • An overview of some the typical business documents, letters, reports, proposals that you may have to deal with, with tips on structure, style etc.

Course Topics:

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Writing the Letter
  • Proposals Key Info

By the end of the Business Writing Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the function/purpose of all of the above.
  • Utilize the tips and techniques provided here to determine an appropriate structure to use for your business artifacts in different situations.
  • Define proofreading and understand the techniques in improving proofreading skills.
  • Define peer review and list ways peer review can help improve business writing skills.
  • Notice (and correct) common spelling and grammar issues in business writing.
  • List guidelines in printing and publishing business writing

10. Collaborative Business Writing: Develop your Writing Skills to Have an Extra Edge in the Workplace

Writing and communication skills have degraded with more and more people communicating through email and instant messaging. Developing writing skills is still important in the business world as is creating proper documents (such as proposals, reports, and agendas) giving you that extra edge in the workplace. 

The Collaborative Business Writing course will give you the knowledge and skills to collaborate with others and create that important document. You will touch on the types of collaboration, and ways to improve them through certain tools and processes. These basic skills will provide you with that extra benefit in the business world that a lot of people are losing.

By the end of this Collaborative Business Writing Online Short Course, you should be able to:

  • Define collaborative business writing
  • Know different types of collaborative writing
  • Know how to collaborate with team members
  • Learn methods of handling conflict in writing
  • Build collaborative writing teams

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  1. All courses are easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required per course
  3. Unlimited lifetime access to course materials
  4. Study as many courses as you want
  5. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  6. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  7. Certificates

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Ultimate Business Acumen Bundle, 10 Courses includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Business Acumen

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Seeing the Big Picture

  • Short and long term interactions
  • Recognize growth opportunities
  • Mindfulness of decisions
  • Everything is related

Module Three - KPI's (Key Performance Indicators)

  • Decisiveness
  • Flexible
  • Strong initiative
  • Being intuitive

Module Four - Risk Management Strategies

  • Continuous assessment
  • Internal and external factors
  • Making adjustments and corrections
  • Knowing when to pull the trigger or plug

Module Five - Recognizing Learning Events

  • Develop a sense of always learning
  • Evaluate past decisions
  • Problems are learning opportunities
  • Recognize your blind spots

Module Six - You Need to Know These Answers and More

  • What makes my company money?
  • What were sales last year?
  • What is our profit margin?
  • What were our costs?

Module Seven - Financial Literacy (Part 1)

  • Assets
  • Financial Ratios
  • Liabilities
  • Equity

Module Eight - Financial Literacy (Part 2)

  • Income statement
  • Balance sheet
  • Cash flow statement
  • Read, read and read

Module Nine - Business Acumen in Management

  • Talent management
  • Change management
  • Asset management
  • Organisational management

Module Ten - Critical Thinking in Business

  • Ask the right questions
  • Organise data
  • Evalute the information
  • Make the decision

Module Eleven - Key Financial Levers

  • Investing in people
  • Effective communication
  • Process improvement
  • Goal alignment

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 2 - Risk Assessment and Management

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Identifying Hazards and Risks

  • What is a hazard?
  • What is a risk?
  • Consult with employees
  • Likelihood scale

Module Three - Seeking Out Problems before They Happen (Part 1)

  • Unique to your business
  • Walk around
  • Long term and short term
  • Common issues

Module Four - Seeking Out Problems before They Happen (Part 2)

  • Ask "What would happen if....?"
  • External events
  • Worst case scenarios
  • Consequence scale

Module Five - Everyone's Responsibility

  • See it, report it
  • If it's not safe, don't do it
  • Take appropriate precautions
  • Communicating to the organisation

Module Six - Tracking and Updating Control Measures

  • What is a Control Measure?
  • Your business procedures
  • Are they adequate?
  • Updating and maintaining

Module Seven - Risk Management Techniques

  • Reduce the risk
  • Transfer the risk
  • Avoid the risk
  • Accept the risk

Module Eight - General Office Safety and Reporting

  • Accident reports
  • Accident response plans
  • Emergency action plan
  • Training and education

Module Nine - Business Impact Analysis

  • Gather information
  • Identify vulnerabilities
  • Analyse information
  • Implement recommendations

Module Ten - Disaster Recvoery Plan

  • Make it before you need it
  • Test, update and repeat
  • Hot, warm and cold sites
  • Keep documentation simple and clear

Module Eleven - Summary of Risk Assessment

  • What are the hazards?
  • Who might be harmed?
  • Are current control measures sufficient?
  • If not, change control measures

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 3 - Critical Thinking

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Components of Critical Thinking

  • Applying reason
  • Open Mindedness
  • Analysis
  • Logic

Module Three - Non-Linear Thinking

  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Don't jump to conclusions
  • Expect and initiate change
  • Being ready to adapt

Module Four - Logical Thinking

  • Ask the right questions
  • Organise the data
  • Evaluate the information
  • Draw conclusions

Module Five - Critical Thinker (Part 1)

  • Active listening
  • Be curious
  • Be disciplined
  • Be humble

Module Six - Critical Thinking (Part 2)

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Objectivity
  • Using your emotions
  • Being self-aware

Module Seven - Evaluate the Information

  • Making assumptions
  • Watch out for the bias
  • Ask clarifying questions
  • SWOT analysis

Module Eight - Benefits of Critical Thinking

  • Being more persuasive
  • Better communication
  • Better problem solving
  • Increased emotional intelligence

Module Nine - Changing your Perspective

  • Limitations of your point of view
  • Considering others viewpoint
  • Influences on bias
  • When new information arrives

Module Ten - Problem Solving

  • Identify inconsistencies
  • Trust your instincts
  • Asking why?
  • Evaluate the solution(s)

Module Eleven - Putting it all Together

  • Retaining your new skills
  • Reflect and learn from mistakes
  • Always ask questions
  • Practicing critical thinking

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 4 - Basic Bookkeeping

Module One - Introduction

Module Two - Basic Terminology (Part 1)

  • Balance Sheet
  • Assets
  • Liabilities
  • Equity
  • Income Statement
  • Revenue
  • Cost of Goods Sold
  • Expenses
  • Accounting Period

Module Three - Basic Terminology (Part 2)

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Depreciation
  • General Ledger
  • Interest
  • Inventory
  • Journals
  • Payroll
  • Trail Balance

Module Four - Accounting Methods

  • Cash Method
  • Accrual Method
  • Differences between Cash and Accrual

Module Five - Keeping Track of you Business

  • Accounts Payable
  • Account Receivable
  • The Journal
  • The General Ledger
  • Cash Management

Module Six - Understanding the Balance Sheet

  • The Accounting Equation
  • Double-Entry Accounting
  • Types of Assets
  • Types of Liabilities
  • Equity

Module Seven - Other Financial Statements

  • Income Statement
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Capital Statement
  • Budget vs Actual

Module Eight - Payroll Accounting / Terminology

  • Gross Wages
  • Net Wages
  • Employee Tax Withholding's
  • Employer Tax Expenses
  • Salary Deferrals
  • Employee Payroll
  • Employee Benefits
  • Tracking Accrued Leave
  • Government Payroll Returns / Reports

Module Nine - End of Period Procedures

  • Depreciating your Assets
  • Reconciling Cash
  • Reconciling Investments
  • Working with the Trial Balance
  • Bad Debt
  • Posting Adjustments and Corrections

Module Ten - Financial Planning, Budgeting and Control

  • Reasons for Budgeting
  • Creating a Budget
  • Comparing Budget to Actual Expenses

Module Eleven - Auditing

  • What is an Audit?
  • When and Why would you Audit?
  • Internal
  • External

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 5 - Assertiveness and Self-Confidence

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - What does Self-Confidence mean to you?

  • What is Assertiveness?
  • What is Self-Confidence?
  • The Four styles

Module Three - Obstacle to our Goals

  • Types of negative thinking
  • Personal Application

Module Four - Communication Skills

  • Listening and hearing; they aren't the same thing
  • Asking questions
  • Body language

Module Five - The Importance of Goal Setting

  • Why goal setting is important
  • Setting SMART goals

Module Six - Feeling the Part

  • Identifying your worth
  • Creating positive self-talk
  • Identifying and addressing strengths and weaknesses

Module Seven - Looking the Part

  • The importance of appearance
  • The role of body language
  • First impressions count

Module Eight - Sounding the Part

  • It's how you say it
  • Sounding confident
  • Using "I" messages

Module Nine - Powerful Presentations

  • What to do when you're on the spot
  • Using STAR to make your case

Module Ten - Coping Techniques

  • Building rapport
  • Expressing disagreement
  • Coming to consensus

Module Eleven - Dealing with Difficult Behavior

  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Key tactics

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 6 - Change Management

Section One: Getting Started

Section Two: Preparing for Change

  • Defining Your Strategy
  • Building the Team and the Six C’s

Section Three: Identifying WIFM

  • What’s in it for Me?
  • Building Support

Section Four: Understanding Change

  • Influences on Change
  • Common Reactions to Change
  • Tools to help the Change process

Section Five: Leading and Managing the Change

  • Preparing and Planning
  • Delegating
  • Keep the Lines of Communication Open
  • Coping with Pushback

Section Six: Obtaining & Maintaining Support

  • Force Field Analysis
  • Addressing Concerns and Issues

Section Seven: Making it a Worthwhile Exercise

  • Leading Status Meetings
  • Celebrating Successes

Section Eight: Using Appreciative Inquiry

  • The Four Stages
  • The Purposes of Appreciative Inquiry
  • AI Whole System Vs AI Summit
  • Whole-System Inquiry
  • The AI Summit

Section Nine: Bringing People to Your Side

  • Liberation of Power
  • Facts, Facts, Facts

Section Ten: Building Resilience to Change

  • Why is It Important?
  • Five Easy Steps to Increase Resilience

Section Eleven: Flexibility

  • The Importance of Flexibility?
  • Five Easy Steps for the Leader and the Individual

Section Twelve: Wrapping Up

Course 7 - Talent Management

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Defining Talent

  • What is talent management?
  • Types of talent
  • Skills and knowledge defined

Module Three - Understanding Talent Management

  • Guidelines
  • Importance and benefits
  • Challenges
  • Key elements to developing a winning strategy

Module Four - Performance Management

  • Performance management defined
  • Benefits
  • How to keep your employees motivated

Module Five - Talent Reviews

  • 360 degree feedback
  • Talent calibration
  • Maintaining an effective workforce
  • Looking to the future

Module Six - Succession and Career Planning

  • What is succession planning?
  • Developing a plan
  • Executing the plan
  • Overcoming roadblocks

Module Seven - Engagement

  • Employee engagement
  • Generating engagement
  • Influences

Module Eight - Competency Assessments

  • Competency assessment defined
  • Implementation
  • Final destination

Module Nine - Coaching, Training and Development

  • Setting goals
  • Developing options
  • Providing feedback
  • Wrapping up

Module Ten - Do's and Don'ts

  • Do's and don'ts
  • Tips for talent management

Module Eleven - Employee Retention

  • Goals and motivation
  • The expectancy theory
  • Object oriented theory

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 8 - Communication Strategies

Section One: Getting Started

Section Two: The Big Picture

  • What is Communication?
  • How Do We Communicate?
  • Who’s Listening?

Section Three: Barriers to Communication

  • It All Starts with Me
  • Common Barriers to Communication
  • Language Barriers
  • Cultural Barriers
  • Location Barriers

Section Four: Paraverbal Communication Skills

  • The Power of Pitch
  • The Power of Tone
  • Vocal Speed Camera

Section Five: Non-Verbal Communication

  • Your Body Speaks its own Language

Section Six: Speak Like a STAR
Using STAR

  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action
  • Response

Section Seven: Listening Skills

  • Ten Ways to Listen Better Today
  • Understanding Active Listening
  • Sending Positive Signals to Others

Section Eight: Asking Good Questions

  • Asking Open Questions
  • Probing Questions

Section Nine: Appreciative Inquiry

  • The Four Stages
  • The Purpose of Appreciative Inquiry

Section Ten: The Art of Conversation Using SPEAC

  • Suppose
  • Prepare
  • Enquire
  • Ascertain
  • Change

Section Eleven: Advanced Communication Skills

  • Precipitating Factors
  • Common Ground

Section Twelve: Wrapping up

Course 9 - Business Writing Online

PART ONE – THE BUILDING BLOCKS

Section One: Getting Started

  • a quick refresher on basic writing concepts (such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation) – the things that we often miss especially when completing work under pressure; and
  • an overview of some the typical business documents – letters, reports, proposals – that you may have to deal with, with tips on structure, style etc. 

Section Two: Spelling and Grammar

  • Spelling
  • Grammar

Section Three: Language and tone

  • Clarity
  • Conciseness
  • Formality
  • Focus
  • Tone

Section Four: Sentences and Paragraphs

  • Parts of a Sentence
  • Sentence Length
  • Punctuation
  • Paragraphs

Section Five: Organization and Structure

  • Organisation Approach

Section Six: Tools and Techniques

  • The Reader
  • The Requirement
  • Write faster – effective writing
  • Templates
  • Proofreading
  • Review/Peer Review
  • The Appearance - Printing and Publishing

PART TWO – THE DOCUMENTS

Section Seven: Meeting Agendas

  • The Basic Structure

Section Eight: E-mails

  • Addressing your mails
  • Brevity
  • Formality
  • Attachments
  • Forwarding/replying

Section Nine: Business Letters

  • The Basic Structure
  • Writing the Letter

Section Ten: Proposals

  • The Basic Outline
  • Key information
  • Sequence
  • Choosing a Format
  • Proposal Structure and Content
  • Executive Summaries

Section Eleven: Reports

  • Report Structure and format

Section Twelve: Requests for Proposal

  • Requests for Proposals

Section Thirteen: Business Cases

  • Business Cases

Section Fourteen: General Documentation

  • General Documentation

Section Fifteen: Wrapping Up

Course 10 - Collaborative Business Writing

Module One: Getting Started

Module Two: What is Collaborative Business Writing?

  • Clarifying the Objective
  • Practical Writing Approaches
  • Collaborative Writing Strategies
  • Collaborative Writing Patterns

Module Three:Types of Collaborative Business Writing

  • Construction – “Cut and Paste”
  • Parallel Construction – “Puzzle”
  • Sequential Summative Construction
  • Integrating Construction

Module Four: Collaborative Team Members

  • Team Leader Selection
  • Chief Editor Selection
  • Characteristics of Team Members
  • Ways to Build Collaborative Writing Team

Module Five: Collaborative Tools and Processes

  • Outlines and Storyboards
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Collaborative Revision
  • Collaborative Team Cohesion

Module Six: Setting Style Guidelines

  • Voice and Person
  • Format
  • Consistent Spelling of Commonly Used Words
  • Numbers as Words or Figures

Module Seven: Barriers to Successful Collaborative Writing

  • Hoarding
  • Innovation
  • Search
  • Knowledge Transfer

Module Eight: Overcoming Collaborative Writing Barriers

  • Practice T-shaped Management
  • Building a Network of Alliances
  • Implementing Enablers
  • Assessing the Culture and Areas for Improvement

Module Nine: Styles of Dealing with Conflict

  • Ensure that Good Relationships are the First Priority
  • Keep People and Problems Separate
  • Pay Attention to the Interests that are Being Presented
  • Listen First, Talk Second

Module Ten:Tips for Successful Business Writing Collaboration

  • Determine Purpose
  • Formulate Outline and Organizational Format
  • When Choosing a Team Leader, Remember…
  • Assign Writing Tasks and Associated Duties

Module Eleven: Examples of Collaborative Business Writing

  • Writing Emails
  • Writing Reports
  • Writing Training Manuals
  • Writing Company Handbooks

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Get Business Acumen, Risk Assessment and Management, Critical Thinking, Basic Bookkeeping, Assertiveness and Self-Confidence, Change Management, Talent Management, Communication Strategies, Business Writing Online and Collaborative Business Writing in this Bundle

1. Business Acumen: Increase your Financial Literacy & Improve Business Sense

Improve your judgment and decisiveness skills. Business Acumen is all about seeing the big picture and recognizing that all decisions no matter how small can have an effect on the bottom line. Increase your financial literacy and improve business sense. 

Business Acumen will give you an advantage everyone wishes they had. The Business Acumen Online Short Course will help you recognize learning events, manage risk better, and increase your critical thinking. Business Acumen has the ability to influence your whole organization, and provide that additional edge that will lead to success.

By the end of this Business Acumen Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Know how to see the big picture
  • Develop a risk management strategy
  • Know how to practice financial literacy
  • Develop critical thinking
  • Practive management acumen
  • Find key financial levers

2. Risk Assessment and Management: Knowing How To Manage Risk and Hazards are Vital in an Organization

It is not possible to control or manage 100% of risk, but knowing what do before, during, and after an event will mitigate the damage and harm. Identifying potential hazards and risks and making it part of the day to day business is important. Safety should be the first priority as every business must face the reality of risks and hazards.

Through our Risk Assessment and Management Online Short Course you will be aware of hazards and risk that you didn’t realize were around your workplace. Identifying hazards through proper procedures will provide you with the ability to prevent that accident before it occurs. Limiting and removing potential dangers through Risk Assessment will be an incredible investment.

By the end of this Risk Assessment and Management Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Identify hazards and risks
  • Update control measures
  • Grasp the fundamentals of accident reports
  • Identify risk management techniques
  • Outline a disaster recovery plan
  • Communicate to the organisation

3. Critical Thinking: Analyze and Evaluate Information to Boost Your Performance

Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information. With these skills you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from a piece of data. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur.

Our Critical Thinking course will lead you to be a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce bias which will provide a greater understanding of the environment. This course will provide you with the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information which will provide an incredible boost in performance.

By the end of this Critical Thinking Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the components of critical thinking
  • Utilise non-linear thinking
  • Use logical thinking
  • Recognise what it means to be a critical thinker
  • Evaluate information using critical thinking skills
  • Identify the benefits of critical thinking
  • Revise perspective, when necessary
  • Comprehend problem solving abilities

4. Basic Bookkeeping: Understand and Implement Basic Bookkeeping Principles

Whether working in someone else’s business or your own business it’s important to understand financial matters. Understanding bookkeeping basics may be the key to keeping your fiscal matters running smoothly and efficiently

The Basic Bookkeeping Online Short Course is the short and sweet answer to your problems. From accounts receivable to accounts payable, from loans to payments, this short course covers everything you’ll need to know.

More importantly, the course is essential and practical, providing an effective outline and practical tools to help you manage key financial matters.

By the end of this Basic Bookkeeping online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand basic accounting terminology
  • Identify the differences between the cash and accrual accounting methods
  • Keep track of your business by becoming familiar with accounts payable and accounts receivable
  • Use a journal and general ledger to document business financials
  • Utilize the balance sheet
  • Identify different types of financial statements
  • Uncover the reasons for and actually create a budget
  • Be familiar with internal and external auditing

5. Assertiveness and Self-Confidence: How To Be A High Achiever and Succeed in Life!

Self-confident and assertiveness are two skills that are crucial for success in life. If you don't feel worthy, and/or you don't know how to express your self-worth when communicating with others, life can be very painful. These skills will provide opportunities and benefits in your professional and personal lives.

The Assertiveness and Self-Confidence course will give you an understanding of what assertiveness and self-confidence mean and how to develop those feelings in your day-to-day lives. These skills will encompass many aspects of your life and have a positive effect.

By the end of the Assertiveness and Self-Confidence Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Define assertiveness and self-confidence, and list the 4 styles of communication
  • Describe the types of negative thinking, and how one can overcome negative thoughts
  • Explain the difference between listening and hearing, and understand the importance of body language and questioning skills in communication
  • Define the importance of goal setting, and practice setting SMART goals for assertive behavior
  • Utilise methodologies for understanding your worth - and the use of positive talk
  • List reasons why a pleasing appearance and body language are critical for creating a strong first impression
  • Practice sending positive communications phrased as "I-Messages"
  • Use the STAR model to make your case during a presentation challenge
  • Display rapport-building skills through assertive methods of expressing disagreement and consensus - building techniques
  • Practice strategies for gaining positive outcomes in difficult interpersonal situations.

6. Change Management: Manage Change Smoothly and Effectively to Achieve Your Goals

Change is a constant in many of our lives. All around us, technologies, processes, people, ideas, and methods often change, affecting the way we perform daily tasks and live our lives. Having a smooth transition when change occurs is important in any situation and you will gain some valuable skills through this course.

The Change Management course will give any leader tools to implement changes more smoothly and to have those changes better accepted. This course will also give you an understanding of how change is implemented and some tools for managing reactions to change.

This course will investigate various ways of managing change leaving you better equipped to deal with future changes.

Course Topics:

  • Change Management Plan
  • ADKAR Model
  • Appreciative inquiry is conducted in organizations for several reasons:
  • Communication Plan
  • Four Stages of Appreciative Inquiry

By the end of this Change Management Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  •  List the steps necessary for preparing a change strategy
  •  Describe the WIFM  the individual motivators for change
  •  Relate the five dimensions of the ADKAR model for understanding change
  •  Use needed components to develop change management and communications plans
  •  Employ strategies for gathering data
  •  Utilise methods for leading change project status meeting and celebrating success
  •  Describe the four states of Appreciative Inquiry, its purposes, and sample uses in case studies
  •  Use strategies for aligning people with a change
  •  Describe the importance of resiliency in the context of change
  •  Explain the importance of flexibility in the context of change

7. Talent Management: Talented Employees are the Key to Success 

Every company wants to have the best and brightest employees, and with Talent Management that can be achieved. With a company's workforce generally being its highest cost, does it not make sense to invest in it? With Talent Management you are developing a more skilled workforce, and attracting better and more skilled new hires.

We all know that training and retraining is expensive, and our Talent Management course will reduce these costs. Recruiting the correct people, and keeping a talented workforce is a priority. Having a talented group of employees has always been a key to success; it will translate into better performance and higher productivity. Talent Management is the investment that will pay dividends for years to come. 

By the end of this Talent Management Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Define talent and talent management
  • Understand the benefits of talent management
  • Recognise performance management and ways to review talent
  • Identify employee engagement
  • Create assessments and training programs
  • Learn how to improve employee retention

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Download printer friendly course content
  7. Certificate (IAOTS Accredited)

8. Communication Strategies: Build Better, Stronger, and More Fulfilling Relationships 

For the better part of every day, we are communicating to and with others. Whether it’s the speech you deliver in the boardroom, the level of attention you give your spouse when they are talking to you, or the look that you give to the cat, it all means something.

This course will help you understand the different methods of communication and how to make the most of each of them.

Course Topics:

  • Paraverbal Communication
  • Body Language
  • The four stages in the Appreciative Inquiry model are known as the 4-D cycle
  • Speaking Like a Star
  • Positive Signals

By the end of this Communication Strategies Online Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand what communication is
  • Understand the different ways communication takes place
  • Overcome communication blockages
  • Make the most of non-verbal and paraverbal communication
  • Understand and utilize the STAR method
  • Listen actively and effectively
  • Ask good questions
  • Use appreciative inquiry as a communication tool
  • Establish common ground with others

9. Business Writing Online: Become an Expert at Writing Effective Emails, Letters, Reports and More

We all know that writing is one of the most important methods of business communication for most people, whether its e-mails, memos, proposals, or major reports. Lots of people struggle with the composition of these. Sometimes it's because they don't have to do it very often so, therefore, it doesn't flow as easily as they would like, sometimes because they are new to a role, or just because it's not their favorite thing.

This Business Writing Online Short Course will provide:

  • A quick refresher on basic writing concepts (such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation) the things that we often miss especially when completing work under pressure; and
  • An overview of some the typical business documents, letters, reports, proposals that you may have to deal with, with tips on structure, style etc.

Course Topics:

  • Spelling
  • Punctuation
  • Writing the Letter
  • Proposals Key Info

By the end of the Business Writing Online Short Course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the function/purpose of all of the above.
  • Utilize the tips and techniques provided here to determine an appropriate structure to use for your business artifacts in different situations.
  • Define proofreading and understand the techniques in improving proofreading skills.
  • Define peer review and list ways peer review can help improve business writing skills.
  • Notice (and correct) common spelling and grammar issues in business writing.
  • List guidelines in printing and publishing business writing

10. Collaborative Business Writing: Develop your Writing Skills to Have an Extra Edge in the Workplace

Writing and communication skills have degraded with more and more people communicating through email and instant messaging. Developing writing skills is still important in the business world as is creating proper documents (such as proposals, reports, and agendas) giving you that extra edge in the workplace. 

The Collaborative Business Writing course will give you the knowledge and skills to collaborate with others and create that important document. You will touch on the types of collaboration, and ways to improve them through certain tools and processes. These basic skills will provide you with that extra benefit in the business world that a lot of people are losing.

By the end of this Collaborative Business Writing Online Short Course, you should be able to:

  • Define collaborative business writing
  • Know different types of collaborative writing
  • Know how to collaborate with team members
  • Learn methods of handling conflict in writing
  • Build collaborative writing teams

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Ultimate Business Acumen Bundle, 10 Courses includes the following courses, below is a summary of each course: 

Course 1 - Business Acumen

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Seeing the Big Picture

  • Short and long term interactions
  • Recognize growth opportunities
  • Mindfulness of decisions
  • Everything is related

Module Three - KPI's (Key Performance Indicators)

  • Decisiveness
  • Flexible
  • Strong initiative
  • Being intuitive

Module Four - Risk Management Strategies

  • Continuous assessment
  • Internal and external factors
  • Making adjustments and corrections
  • Knowing when to pull the trigger or plug

Module Five - Recognizing Learning Events

  • Develop a sense of always learning
  • Evaluate past decisions
  • Problems are learning opportunities
  • Recognize your blind spots

Module Six - You Need to Know These Answers and More

  • What makes my company money?
  • What were sales last year?
  • What is our profit margin?
  • What were our costs?

Module Seven - Financial Literacy (Part 1)

  • Assets
  • Financial Ratios
  • Liabilities
  • Equity

Module Eight - Financial Literacy (Part 2)

  • Income statement
  • Balance sheet
  • Cash flow statement
  • Read, read and read

Module Nine - Business Acumen in Management

  • Talent management
  • Change management
  • Asset management
  • Organisational management

Module Ten - Critical Thinking in Business

  • Ask the right questions
  • Organise data
  • Evalute the information
  • Make the decision

Module Eleven - Key Financial Levers

  • Investing in people
  • Effective communication
  • Process improvement
  • Goal alignment

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 2 - Risk Assessment and Management

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Identifying Hazards and Risks

  • What is a hazard?
  • What is a risk?
  • Consult with employees
  • Likelihood scale

Module Three - Seeking Out Problems before They Happen (Part 1)

  • Unique to your business
  • Walk around
  • Long term and short term
  • Common issues

Module Four - Seeking Out Problems before They Happen (Part 2)

  • Ask "What would happen if....?"
  • External events
  • Worst case scenarios
  • Consequence scale

Module Five - Everyone's Responsibility

  • See it, report it
  • If it's not safe, don't do it
  • Take appropriate precautions
  • Communicating to the organisation

Module Six - Tracking and Updating Control Measures

  • What is a Control Measure?
  • Your business procedures
  • Are they adequate?
  • Updating and maintaining

Module Seven - Risk Management Techniques

  • Reduce the risk
  • Transfer the risk
  • Avoid the risk
  • Accept the risk

Module Eight - General Office Safety and Reporting

  • Accident reports
  • Accident response plans
  • Emergency action plan
  • Training and education

Module Nine - Business Impact Analysis

  • Gather information
  • Identify vulnerabilities
  • Analyse information
  • Implement recommendations

Module Ten - Disaster Recvoery Plan

  • Make it before you need it
  • Test, update and repeat
  • Hot, warm and cold sites
  • Keep documentation simple and clear

Module Eleven - Summary of Risk Assessment

  • What are the hazards?
  • Who might be harmed?
  • Are current control measures sufficient?
  • If not, change control measures

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 3 - Critical Thinking

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Components of Critical Thinking

  • Applying reason
  • Open Mindedness
  • Analysis
  • Logic

Module Three - Non-Linear Thinking

  • Step out of your comfort zone
  • Don't jump to conclusions
  • Expect and initiate change
  • Being ready to adapt

Module Four - Logical Thinking

  • Ask the right questions
  • Organise the data
  • Evaluate the information
  • Draw conclusions

Module Five - Critical Thinker (Part 1)

  • Active listening
  • Be curious
  • Be disciplined
  • Be humble

Module Six - Critical Thinking (Part 2)

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Objectivity
  • Using your emotions
  • Being self-aware

Module Seven - Evaluate the Information

  • Making assumptions
  • Watch out for the bias
  • Ask clarifying questions
  • SWOT analysis

Module Eight - Benefits of Critical Thinking

  • Being more persuasive
  • Better communication
  • Better problem solving
  • Increased emotional intelligence

Module Nine - Changing your Perspective

  • Limitations of your point of view
  • Considering others viewpoint
  • Influences on bias
  • When new information arrives

Module Ten - Problem Solving

  • Identify inconsistencies
  • Trust your instincts
  • Asking why?
  • Evaluate the solution(s)

Module Eleven - Putting it all Together

  • Retaining your new skills
  • Reflect and learn from mistakes
  • Always ask questions
  • Practicing critical thinking

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 4 - Basic Bookkeeping

Module One - Introduction

Module Two - Basic Terminology (Part 1)

  • Balance Sheet
  • Assets
  • Liabilities
  • Equity
  • Income Statement
  • Revenue
  • Cost of Goods Sold
  • Expenses
  • Accounting Period

Module Three - Basic Terminology (Part 2)

  • Accounts Receivable
  • Accounts Payable
  • Depreciation
  • General Ledger
  • Interest
  • Inventory
  • Journals
  • Payroll
  • Trail Balance

Module Four - Accounting Methods

  • Cash Method
  • Accrual Method
  • Differences between Cash and Accrual

Module Five - Keeping Track of you Business

  • Accounts Payable
  • Account Receivable
  • The Journal
  • The General Ledger
  • Cash Management

Module Six - Understanding the Balance Sheet

  • The Accounting Equation
  • Double-Entry Accounting
  • Types of Assets
  • Types of Liabilities
  • Equity

Module Seven - Other Financial Statements

  • Income Statement
  • Cash Flow Statement
  • Capital Statement
  • Budget vs Actual

Module Eight - Payroll Accounting / Terminology

  • Gross Wages
  • Net Wages
  • Employee Tax Withholding's
  • Employer Tax Expenses
  • Salary Deferrals
  • Employee Payroll
  • Employee Benefits
  • Tracking Accrued Leave
  • Government Payroll Returns / Reports

Module Nine - End of Period Procedures

  • Depreciating your Assets
  • Reconciling Cash
  • Reconciling Investments
  • Working with the Trial Balance
  • Bad Debt
  • Posting Adjustments and Corrections

Module Ten - Financial Planning, Budgeting and Control

  • Reasons for Budgeting
  • Creating a Budget
  • Comparing Budget to Actual Expenses

Module Eleven - Auditing

  • What is an Audit?
  • When and Why would you Audit?
  • Internal
  • External

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 5 - Assertiveness and Self-Confidence

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - What does Self-Confidence mean to you?

  • What is Assertiveness?
  • What is Self-Confidence?
  • The Four styles

Module Three - Obstacle to our Goals

  • Types of negative thinking
  • Personal Application

Module Four - Communication Skills

  • Listening and hearing; they aren't the same thing
  • Asking questions
  • Body language

Module Five - The Importance of Goal Setting

  • Why goal setting is important
  • Setting SMART goals

Module Six - Feeling the Part

  • Identifying your worth
  • Creating positive self-talk
  • Identifying and addressing strengths and weaknesses

Module Seven - Looking the Part

  • The importance of appearance
  • The role of body language
  • First impressions count

Module Eight - Sounding the Part

  • It's how you say it
  • Sounding confident
  • Using "I" messages

Module Nine - Powerful Presentations

  • What to do when you're on the spot
  • Using STAR to make your case

Module Ten - Coping Techniques

  • Building rapport
  • Expressing disagreement
  • Coming to consensus

Module Eleven - Dealing with Difficult Behavior

  • Dealing with difficult situations
  • Key tactics

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 6 - Change Management

Section One: Getting Started

Section Two: Preparing for Change

  • Defining Your Strategy
  • Building the Team and the Six C’s

Section Three: Identifying WIFM

  • What’s in it for Me?
  • Building Support

Section Four: Understanding Change

  • Influences on Change
  • Common Reactions to Change
  • Tools to help the Change process

Section Five: Leading and Managing the Change

  • Preparing and Planning
  • Delegating
  • Keep the Lines of Communication Open
  • Coping with Pushback

Section Six: Obtaining & Maintaining Support

  • Force Field Analysis
  • Addressing Concerns and Issues

Section Seven: Making it a Worthwhile Exercise

  • Leading Status Meetings
  • Celebrating Successes

Section Eight: Using Appreciative Inquiry

  • The Four Stages
  • The Purposes of Appreciative Inquiry
  • AI Whole System Vs AI Summit
  • Whole-System Inquiry
  • The AI Summit

Section Nine: Bringing People to Your Side

  • Liberation of Power
  • Facts, Facts, Facts

Section Ten: Building Resilience to Change

  • Why is It Important?
  • Five Easy Steps to Increase Resilience

Section Eleven: Flexibility

  • The Importance of Flexibility?
  • Five Easy Steps for the Leader and the Individual

Section Twelve: Wrapping Up

Course 7 - Talent Management

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Defining Talent

  • What is talent management?
  • Types of talent
  • Skills and knowledge defined

Module Three - Understanding Talent Management

  • Guidelines
  • Importance and benefits
  • Challenges
  • Key elements to developing a winning strategy

Module Four - Performance Management

  • Performance management defined
  • Benefits
  • How to keep your employees motivated

Module Five - Talent Reviews

  • 360 degree feedback
  • Talent calibration
  • Maintaining an effective workforce
  • Looking to the future

Module Six - Succession and Career Planning

  • What is succession planning?
  • Developing a plan
  • Executing the plan
  • Overcoming roadblocks

Module Seven - Engagement

  • Employee engagement
  • Generating engagement
  • Influences

Module Eight - Competency Assessments

  • Competency assessment defined
  • Implementation
  • Final destination

Module Nine - Coaching, Training and Development

  • Setting goals
  • Developing options
  • Providing feedback
  • Wrapping up

Module Ten - Do's and Don'ts

  • Do's and don'ts
  • Tips for talent management

Module Eleven - Employee Retention

  • Goals and motivation
  • The expectancy theory
  • Object oriented theory

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up

Course 8 - Communication Strategies

Section One: Getting Started

Section Two: The Big Picture

  • What is Communication?
  • How Do We Communicate?
  • Who’s Listening?

Section Three: Barriers to Communication

  • It All Starts with Me
  • Common Barriers to Communication
  • Language Barriers
  • Cultural Barriers
  • Location Barriers

Section Four: Paraverbal Communication Skills

  • The Power of Pitch
  • The Power of Tone
  • Vocal Speed Camera

Section Five: Non-Verbal Communication

  • Your Body Speaks its own Language

Section Six: Speak Like a STAR
Using STAR

  • Situation
  • Task
  • Action
  • Response

Section Seven: Listening Skills

  • Ten Ways to Listen Better Today
  • Understanding Active Listening
  • Sending Positive Signals to Others

Section Eight: Asking Good Questions

  • Asking Open Questions
  • Probing Questions

Section Nine: Appreciative Inquiry

  • The Four Stages
  • The Purpose of Appreciative Inquiry

Section Ten: The Art of Conversation Using SPEAC

  • Suppose
  • Prepare
  • Enquire
  • Ascertain
  • Change

Section Eleven: Advanced Communication Skills

  • Precipitating Factors
  • Common Ground

Section Twelve: Wrapping up

Course 9 - Business Writing Online

PART ONE – THE BUILDING BLOCKS

Section One: Getting Started

  • a quick refresher on basic writing concepts (such as spelling, grammar, and punctuation) – the things that we often miss especially when completing work under pressure; and
  • an overview of some the typical business documents – letters, reports, proposals – that you may have to deal with, with tips on structure, style etc. 

Section Two: Spelling and Grammar

  • Spelling
  • Grammar

Section Three: Language and tone

  • Clarity
  • Conciseness
  • Formality
  • Focus
  • Tone

Section Four: Sentences and Paragraphs

  • Parts of a Sentence
  • Sentence Length
  • Punctuation
  • Paragraphs

Section Five: Organization and Structure

  • Organisation Approach

Section Six: Tools and Techniques

  • The Reader
  • The Requirement
  • Write faster – effective writing
  • Templates
  • Proofreading
  • Review/Peer Review
  • The Appearance - Printing and Publishing

PART TWO – THE DOCUMENTS

Section Seven: Meeting Agendas

  • The Basic Structure

Section Eight: E-mails

  • Addressing your mails
  • Brevity
  • Formality
  • Attachments
  • Forwarding/replying

Section Nine: Business Letters

  • The Basic Structure
  • Writing the Letter

Section Ten: Proposals

  • The Basic Outline
  • Key information
  • Sequence
  • Choosing a Format
  • Proposal Structure and Content
  • Executive Summaries

Section Eleven: Reports

  • Report Structure and format

Section Twelve: Requests for Proposal

  • Requests for Proposals

Section Thirteen: Business Cases

  • Business Cases

Section Fourteen: General Documentation

  • General Documentation

Section Fifteen: Wrapping Up

Course 10 - Collaborative Business Writing

Module One: Getting Started

Module Two: What is Collaborative Business Writing?

  • Clarifying the Objective
  • Practical Writing Approaches
  • Collaborative Writing Strategies
  • Collaborative Writing Patterns

Module Three:Types of Collaborative Business Writing

  • Construction – “Cut and Paste”
  • Parallel Construction – “Puzzle”
  • Sequential Summative Construction
  • Integrating Construction

Module Four: Collaborative Team Members

  • Team Leader Selection
  • Chief Editor Selection
  • Characteristics of Team Members
  • Ways to Build Collaborative Writing Team

Module Five: Collaborative Tools and Processes

  • Outlines and Storyboards
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Collaborative Revision
  • Collaborative Team Cohesion

Module Six: Setting Style Guidelines

  • Voice and Person
  • Format
  • Consistent Spelling of Commonly Used Words
  • Numbers as Words or Figures

Module Seven: Barriers to Successful Collaborative Writing

  • Hoarding
  • Innovation
  • Search
  • Knowledge Transfer

Module Eight: Overcoming Collaborative Writing Barriers

  • Practice T-shaped Management
  • Building a Network of Alliances
  • Implementing Enablers
  • Assessing the Culture and Areas for Improvement

Module Nine: Styles of Dealing with Conflict

  • Ensure that Good Relationships are the First Priority
  • Keep People and Problems Separate
  • Pay Attention to the Interests that are Being Presented
  • Listen First, Talk Second

Module Ten:Tips for Successful Business Writing Collaboration

  • Determine Purpose
  • Formulate Outline and Organizational Format
  • When Choosing a Team Leader, Remember…
  • Assign Writing Tasks and Associated Duties

Module Eleven: Examples of Collaborative Business Writing

  • Writing Emails
  • Writing Reports
  • Writing Training Manuals
  • Writing Company Handbooks

Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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