Book Title
M: Business Communication 3rd Edition

978-0073403229 Chapter 2 Teaching Suggestions

April 5, 2019
Part II: Chapter-by-Chapter Lecture Notes &
Chapter 2: Understanding the Writing Process and the
Main Forms of Business Messages
Teaching Suggestions
Probably this material is covered best by lecture and discussion. But some writing could be
assigned—especially of short, informal email messages. The longer messages are more
appropriately handled in the following chapters that review them. What is particularly
important is that students understand that good business writing is the result of careful
planning, draing, and revising. Sometimes students may be tempted to see the brevity of
many business documents as indicative of the amount of time and e!ort that is needed to
produce the document. Showing students the importance of planning and revising, in particular,
will serve them well throughout their careers.
In addition, this chapter discusses forms of communication such as instant message, text
messaging, and social networking that students are likely familiar with. However, students may
realize how their use of these forms changes when they are in a professional se'ng. Providing
contrasting examples, for instance, of a text sent to a business colleague and a text sent to a
friend may be helpful. Students may also be encouraged to write the same message (e.g., a
lunch invitation) to two di!erent audiences, a friend and a client, so that they be*er see how
context a!ects a message.
Note: For an additional class activity on Internet use in the workplace, you can have your class
view the Managers Hot Seat video “Privacy: Behind the Firewall?,” which is about a workplace
Internet policy.