Ch. 4: Writing Business Messages

Flashcard maker : Lily Taylor
Bias-free Language
______ avoids words and phrases that unfairly and even unethically categorize or stigmatize people in ways related to? gender, race,? ethnicity, age,? disability, or other personal characteristics.
Credibility
______ is a measure of your believability and is based on how reliable you are and how much trust you evoke in others.
Credentials, Knowledge, and Expertise
An audience will look at your? __________ to see if you have whatever it takes to back up your message.
Communication Style
Your ______ involves the choices you make to express? yourself: the words you? select, the manner in which you use those words in? sentences, and the way you build paragraphs from individual sentences.
Active Voice
In a sentence written in the ______, the subject performs the action and the object receives the? action: “Jasper painted the? house.”
Passive Voice
In a sentence written in the ______, the subject receives the action.
Abstract Word
An ______ expresses a? concept, quality, or characteristic.
Abstractions
______ are usually? broad, encompassing a category of? ideas, and are often? intellectual, academic, or philosophical.
Concrete Word
A ______ stands for something you can? touch, see, or visualize.
Simple Sentence
A ______ has one main clause? (a single subject and a single? predicate), although it may be expanded by nouns and pronouns serving as objects of the action and by modifying phrases.
Complex Sentence
A ______ expresses one main thought? (the independent? clause) and one or more subordinate thoughts? (dependent clauses) related to? it, often separated by a comma.? (Independent clauses can stand alone. Dependent clauses? cannot.)
Transitions
______ connect ideas by showing how one thought is related to another. They also help alert the reader to what lies ahead so that shifts and changes? don’t cause confusion.
Topic Sentence
The ______, usually the first one in the? paragraph, gives readers a summary of the general idea that will be covered in the rest of the paragraph. In most? paragraphs, the ______ needs to be? explained, justified, or extended with one or more support sentences.
Mobile Device
To simplify reading on a ______, organize with a linear flow from the top to the bottom of the message or article. Not doing so makes reading slower and raises the odds that readers will get disoriented and lose the thread of the message because they? can’t see the big picture.
Inverted Pyramid
The ______ style of writing can be used to reveal the most important information briefly at first and the writer can provide successive layers of detail that readers can consume if they want. This style is used for many types of business communication.
Audience Sensitivity
You can improve ______ by adopting the “you” attitude, maintaining good standards of etiquette, emphasizing the positive, and using bias-free language.
“You” Attitude
Adopting the ______ means speaking and writing in terms of your audience’s wishes, interests, hopes, and preferences.
You and Your
Avoid using ______ when doing so:

1) Makes you sound dictatorial

2) Makes someone else feel guilty

3) Goes against your organization’s style

Extra Tact
Use ______ when communicating with people higher up the organization chart or outside the company.
Euphemisms
______ are milder synonyms that can express an idea while triggering fewer negative connotations, but they should never be used to obscure the truth.
Endorsement
An ______ is a statement on your behalf by someone who is accepted by your audience as an expert.
Enhance Your Credibility
To ______, emphasize such factors as honesty, objectivity, and awareness of audience needs.
Conversational Tone
A ______ is plain language that sounds businesslike without being stuffy at one extreme or too laid-back and informal at the other extreme.
Plain Language
______ is language that recipients can read, understand and act upon the first time they read it.
Correctness
______ is the first consideration when choosing words.
Effectiveness
______ is the second consideration when choosing words.
Clichés
______ are terms and phrases so common that they have lost some of their power to communicate.
Buzzwords
______ are newly coined terms often associated with technology, business, or cultural changes.
Jargon
______ is the specialized language of a particular profession or industry.
Compound-Complex Sentence
A ______ has two main clauses, at least one of which contains a subordinate clause.
Four Sentence Types
Maintain some variety among the ______ to keep your writing from getting choppy (too many short, simple sentences) or exhausting (too many long sentences).
Paragraphs
Most ______ consist of:

1) A topic sentence that reveals the subject of the paragraph.

2) Related sentences that support and expand the topic.

3) Transitions that help readers move between sentences and paragraphs.

Transitional Elements
______ include:

1) Connecting words (conjunctions)

2) Repeated words or phrases

3) Pronouns

4) Words that are frequently paired

Develop Paragraphs
Five ways to ______:

1) Illustration

2) Comparison or contrast

3) Cause and effect

4) Classification

5) Problem and solution

Mobile Devices
To write effectively for ______:

1) Use a linear organization

2) Prioritize information

3) Write short, focused messages

4) Use short subject lines and headings

5) Use short paragraphs

Get instant access to
all materials

Become a Member