Essentials of Business Communication (with Printed Access Card) / Edition 9

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ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION, 9TH EDITION presents a streamlined approach to business communication that includes unparalleled resources and author support. ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION provides a four-in-one learning package: authoritative text, practical workbook, self-teaching grammar/mechanics handbook, and premium Web site. Especially effective for those with outdated or inadequate language skills, the Ninth Edition offers extraordinary print and digital exercises to help students build confidence as they review grammar, punctuation, and writing guidelines. Textbook chapters teach basic writing skills and then apply these skills to a variety of e-mails, memos, letters, reports, and resumes. Realistic model documents and structured writing assignments help build lasting workplace skills. The Ninth Edition of this award-winning text features increased coverage of electronic messages and digital media, redesigned and updated model documents to introduce the latest business communication practices, and extensively updated exercises and activities. Innovative technology resources including Aplia, Write Experience, CengageNOW, and a premium Web site, make teaching and learning business communication easier and more enjoyable.
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"I absolutely LOVE Mary Ellen's Essentials of Business Communication textbook and how it relates to student learning. (Please excuse the gushiness!) The text is easy to use, has clear learning objectives, offers correlated materials, provides excellent PowerPoint applications, includes easy-to-use unit exams, and details great cases."

"The online resources that accompany Essentials of Business Communication are excellent. The resources, especially the language trainer, give the students immediate feedback. As we all know, immediate feedback is crucial in the learning process. Also, as a teacher, it frees my time to devote to assisting students on other things."

This single volume comprises a textbook, a workbook, and a grammar reference manual. Emphasizing the process of writing and the application of technology to communication, chapters cover basic skills and concepts, routine business messages, persuasive writing, negative and special messages, data reporting, and communications necessary in gaining employment. Appendixes include a reference guide to document formats, proofreading marks, and documentation formats. An accompanying CD-ROM provides material on visual aids in presentations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111821227
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 2/7/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 9
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 42,469
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A dedicated professional, Mary Ellen Guffey is Professor Emerita of Business from Los Angeles Pierce College. She has taught business communication and business English topics for more than thirty years and has written several market-leading, internationally acclaimed textbooks, including BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: PROCESS AND PRODUCT and ESSENTIALS OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATION. A leader in the field, Dr. Guffey partners with and mentors hundreds of business communication instructors across the country. Her newsletters have a loyal readership around the world while her workshops, articles, websites and other teaching materials help instructors with all levels of experience achieve better results in their courses.

Dr. Dana Loewy brings extensive international expertise, broad business communication teaching experience, and exceptional writing skills to this edition. Dana Loewy earned a magister atrium (M.A.) degree in English, Linguistics, and Communication from Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat Bonn, where she also studied Slavic languages and literatures and took business administration courses. Before receiving a master's degree and PhD from the University of Southern California, Dr. Loewy gained considerable teaching experience in freshman writing at USC. She also taught English at local two-year colleges. A longtime professional translator, writer, and consultant, Dr. Loewy has published several books, articles, and translations, both poetry and prose.

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Table of Contents

Unit I: WORKPLACE COMMUNICATION TODAY. 1. Communication Skills as Career Filters. Unit II: THE BUSINESS WRITING PROCESS. 2. Planning Business Messages. 3. Composing Business Messages. 4. Revising Business Messages. Unit III: WORKPLACE MESSAGES. 5. Electronic Messages and Digital Media. 6. Positive Messages. 7. Bad News Messages. 8. Persuasive and Sales Messages. Unit IV: BUSINESS REPORTS. 9. Informal Reports. 10. Proposals and Formal Reports. Unit V: PROFESSIONALISM AND TEAM, MEETING, AND PRESENTATION SKILLS. 11. Business Etiquette, Ethics, Teamwork, and Meetings. 12. Business Presentations. Unit VI: EMPLOYMENT COMMUNICATION. 13. The Job Search, Resumes, and Cover Letters. 14. Interviewing and Following Up. Appendix A: Document Formats. Appendix B: Proofreading and Corrections Symbols. Appendix C: Citation and Documentation Formats. Grammar/Mechanics Handbook. Key to Grammar/Mechanics Checkups. Notes. Acknowledgments. Index.
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