Collaborative Business Writing Workshop

Course Duration 1 Day 

Writing and communication skills have degraded with more and more people communicating
through email and instant messaging. Developing writing skills is still important in the business world as is creating proper documents (such as proposals, reports, and agendas) giving you that extra edge in the workplace.

The Collaborative Business Writing workshop will give your participants the knowledge and skills
to collaborate with others and create that important document. Your participants will touch on the types of collaboration, and ways to improve them through certain tools and processes. These basic skills will provide your participants with that extra benefit in the business world that a lot of people are losing.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course participants will be able to :

  • Define collaborative business writing
  • Know different types of collaborative writing
  • Know how to collaborate with team members
  • Learn methods of handling conflict in writing
  • Build collaborative writing teams

Course Outline

What is Collaborative Business Writing?

Clarifying the Objective

Practical Writing Approaches

Collaborative Writing Strategies

Types of Collaborative Business Writing

Construction – “Cut and Paste”

Parallel Construction – “Puzzle”

Sequential Summative


Integrating Construction

Collaborative Team Members

Team Leader Selection

Chief Editor Selection

Characteristics of Team Members

Ways to Build Collaborative Writing Team

Collaborative Tools and Processes

Outlines and Storyboards

Collaborative Planning

Collaborative Revision

Collaborative Team Cohesion

Setting Style Guidelines

Voice and Person Format

Consistent Spelling of Commonly Used Words

Numbers as Words or Figures

Barriers to Successful Collaborative Writing




Knowledge Transfer

Overcoming Collaborative Writing Barriers

Practice T-shaped Management

Building a Network of Alliances

Implementing Enablers

Assessing the Culture and Areas for Improvement

Styles of Dealing with Conflict

Ensure that Good Relationships are the First Priority

Keep People and Problems Separate

Pay Attention to the Interests

that are Being Presented

Listen First, Talk Second

Tips for Successful Business Writing Collaboration

Determine Purpose

Formulate Outline and Organizational Format

When Choosing a Team Leader, Remember

Assign Writing Tasks and Associated Duties

Examples of Collaborative Business Writing

Writing Emails

Writing Reports

Writing Training Manuals

Writing Company Handbooks