Writing Letters :
In this page on letter writing, you will have an opportunity to investigate a special kind of writing that is particularly useful in your everyday life at home and at work. To create an effective letter, writer needs three sets of skills.
A good knowledge of mechanics (spelling, grammar, etc.)
The ability to structure good sentences and paragraphs
A familiarity with the conventions readers have come to expect when reading letters.
You have already had a lot of practice with the first two skills. The only one left to master is the conventions (arrangement of details) within the letter.
People communicate every day by telephone, computer e-mail, the Internet and that modern marvel the FAX machine where an exact copy of any document is transferred thousands of miles over telephone cables.
Does anyone still write letters?
The answer is a strong and definite YES. Letter writing is still important. It is sometimes easier to write down our feelings and thoughts than it is to speak them. It also remains less expensive to mail a letter to family or friends than to call long distance or pay for access to a computer and e-mail. For conducting personal business, such as requesting services from a company, complaining about products, applying for employment and contacting the editor of a local newspaper, letters remain the best and most effective way of getting the message across.
Letters, unlike phone calls, have several advantages. First, they provide a permanent record of what was said. Second, the writer has the time to carefully compose the message and the reader has the time to read it and reread it until the message is clear. As well, a letter can be kept on file and used as many times as necessary. Other forms of communication may not offer this advantage.
In the business world, letter writing continues to play a vital role. Letters flow regularly between offices, companies, and other organizations. Anyone can write a letter. However, it is important to learn how to write an effective letter…one that ensures that you will get what you want. You need to be taken seriously. You need to make yourself understood.
Certain styles of letters are required for certain occasions. When deciding what style of letter to write, consider the purpose of the letter, and the audience of the letter. If you are writing to a friend about your new job, for example, you would write a personal letter. If you are writing to a car dealership to complain about the number of times you had your car serviced, you would write a business letter.
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- Types of Business Letters
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- Inserting The Letter in The Envelope
- Size of The Envelope
- Addressing Envelopes
- Word Short Form
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- Typical Business Letters
- Business Letter Basics
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- The Correct Business Letter Format - 2
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