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Confident writers succeed. Whether you aim for a career in the business, nonprofit or government world, good writing equips you to stand out. In this accessible and reader-friendly book, Natalie Canavor shares a step-by-step framework to help you write strategically, win opportunities, and perform better on the job. You’ll know what to say and how to say it in any medium from email to blog, cover letter, proposal, resume, report, website, tweet, news release, and more. You’ll discover practical, grammar-free techniques to improve all your writing and learn how to recognize and fix your own problems with clear demonstrations. Business Writing Today, Second Edition, gives you tools, techniques and inside tips drawn from the worlds of journalism, corporate communications and public relations. It prepares you to better understand the business world and communicate in ways that achieve your own immediate and long range goals in today’s highly competitive work environment.
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Natalie Canavor is a business writer, author and journalist. Throughout her successive careers as a magazine editor and public relations manager, she orginated programs to help people communicate more effectively. Today she focuses on this work with practical programs for business and professional audiences, college students, and writing insructors.
As an adjunct professor at NYU for six years, Natalie taught advanced writing seminars for the MS program in public relations and corporate communication, and created courses on strategic messaging for professionals and entrepreneurs.
Her byline as a journalist has appeared on hundreds of features and columns in the New York Times, Newsday, Communication World and a host of business and technical publications. For six years, she wrote a column on better writing for the International Association of Business Communicators, read by 15,000 professionals worldwide. Currently she writes and edits the award-winning magazine Impact for Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, which shares faculty research.
As a national magazine editor, Natalie created a series of successful start-ups including Today’s Filmmaker, Videography, and Technical Photography. As an organizational communicator, Natalie built a 14-person PR department for New York State’s largest educational agency and counseled agency management on communication strategy; directed print, video, and e-media; and created communications-skills training programs for school leaders.
Natalie is also the author of Business Writing for Dummies, currently in its second edition, and coauthor of Workplace Genie: An Unorthodox Toolkit to Help Transform Your Work Relationships and Get the Most fom Your Career, with psychotherapist Susan Dowell. She also coauthored The Truth About the New Rules of Business Writing, a popular guide for businespeople.
Natalie’s work has earned dozens of national and international awards for feature articles, video scripts, websites and publications. She served two terms as president of an International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) chapter, which recognized her as Communicator of the Year, and was a founding officer of IABC’s Heritage Region. Natalie is a member of the Author’s Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Association of Business Communicators, and the Plain Language Center.
"This is the real-deal writing guide for serious business majors." --Astrid Sheil
"An easy-to-read, informative guide with practical, real-world examples supported by evidence. It reads like the author is your personal tutor elevating you on the path to success." --Alyssa Wertz
"An excellent introductory text with advice useful to the most seasoned professional; it covers virtually all the bases of professional writing in today's workplaces. It is much more than simply what its title implies--a business writing handbook." --M. Elizabeth Weiser
"A comprehensive book that is a comfortable read." --Mary Lynn Engel
"The book provides a solid foundation for technical writers who are just entering the field. At every level it shows audience-centered communication as paramount to success in the business world."--Geoffrey Luurs
"Business Writing Today is an excellent practical resource for anyone hoping to succeed business writing 2.0." --Michelle Davidson
"It's full of practical advice that places emphasis on audience, purpose, and identity. An affordable text that doesn't get caught up in the details of spacing and appearance, but instead focuses on what makes good writing good." --Steven Engel
"The book is concisely written, well-organized, and has plenty of up-to-date examples." --Rod Carveth
"This is a good introduction to business communication that allows students to easily understand concepts. The writing is conversational. Examples for what not to do are followed up with how to revise those examples. This text does not merely tell you how to write. It shows you how you might write the draft or how you write now, and then provides you with a good example of how to revise or write differently next time." --Renee Nelms King
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