Clarity in Writing for Accountants

July 7th at 3 PM EDT

In Part 1 of this 4-Part webinar series, you will learn strategies for writing in a reader-friendly style. By applying these strategies, you will be able to avoid misunderstandings in your emails and documents – even when your subject matter is highly technical. Throughout the webinar, you will be reviewing examples of business writing that demonstrate the strategies in action.

The webinar is concrete, rather than theoretical. It is not a rehash of university.

At the end of the webinar, you will be able to visualize your own writing from the perspective of your clients and colleagues.

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Write unambiguously
  • Explain accounting concepts using simple language
  • Decide when to repeat a term and when to use a synonym
  • Decide when to use (and when not to use) the word “and”
  • Put yourself in the shoes of your readers

Conciseness and Attention to Detail for Accountants

July 8th at 3 PM EDT

Clients and colleagues prefer brevity over verbosity. In Part 2 of this 4-Part practical webinar series, you will receive tips on how to use fewer words in your business writing. By writing concisely, you will reduce the amount of time it takes for readers to review your emails and documents.

After covering conciseness, you will then shift your focus to attention to detail. When clients detect attention to detail, they gain trust in their accountant’s ability to provide accounting services. However, when clients detect sloppiness, they doubt whether an accountant has the competency to meet their needs. You will also learn about the most common grammar and spelling mistakes made by accountants to ensure you prevent these errors in your business writing.

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Omit unnecessary words
  • Condense verbose phrases
  • Write in the active voice – but also, determine when the passive voice is more appropriate
  • Steer clear of costly grammar mistakes
  • Avoid the traps of technological aids, such as “spell check”

Email Etiquette for Accountants

July 9th at 3 PM EDT

In Part 3 of this 4-Part webinar series, you will learn about important topics concerning email communication including:

  • Email length
  • Response time
  • Subject lines
  • Tone
  • Formality, and
  • The phrase “I hope all is well.”

Among other things, you will examine:

  • The rules for writing outside of business hours
  • How often to Cc (and Bcc)
  • Out-of-office messages
  • Marking emails urgent
  • Drafting with an empty “To” field
  • Forwarding long email chains
  • Remembering your attachments
  • Using “you” instead of “I”
  • Email greetings and sign-offs

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Follow the etiquette of email communication
  • Adopt a writing style for emails that is friendly, yet professional
  • Conceptualize how your readers want your messages to look
  • Increase the percentage of your emails that receive a reply

Readability in Writing for Accountants

July 10th at 3 PM EDT

In Part 4 of this 4-Part practical webinar series, you will learn about the different ways that readers absorb information today. Whether you are writing to your clients or your colleagues, it is guaranteed that they are juggling emails, instant messages, and social media. Therefore, your readers will prefer to receive correspondence that is easy for them to review.

You will learn 7 strategies to make your emails and documents user-friendly.

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Determine the optimal length for your sentences
  • Lay out information in an effective order
  • Acknowledge the limits of a reader’s working memory
  • Identify how a reader’s knowledge of your subject matter impacts his or her ability to absorb your writing
  • Choose whether to refer to individuals and corporations by their names or by other labels, such as “taxpayer”, “Opco”, “transferor”, etc.

Advanced Preparation: None

Field of Study: Communications and Marketing

Program Level: Intermediate

Credit Type: Group Internet Based for the Live Program.

Faculty Member
Ryan Standil
Write To Excite

Ryan Standil is the President of Write To Excite, which is an organization that offers seminars on legal writing and business writing. Prior to becoming a writing instructor, Mr. Standil worked at a corporate law firm and as a proposal writer at an investment bank. He attended Western University, in Ontario, Canada, where he graduated from the HBA program at Ivey Business School and the JD program at the Faculty of Law.

Credit values for your jurisdiction are for one session of this multiple session webinar.
You will receive credit for each session that you attend.

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CPE Credit - Maximum Credit Hours: Please see above. You must attend at least 50 minutes to obtain credit. Fields of Study: Please see above. Teaching Method: Lecture. Upon completion of this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Final approval of a course for CPE credit belongs with each state’s regulatory board.

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