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  1. 1. The Qualities of Sound and Effective Professional Writing Michelle Lilly-Bowens Unit 6 Kaplan University GM599 Applied Research Project December 16th 2014 Professor: Craig McCoy
  2. 2. Table of Contents Linear writing Topic sentence Relevant and sound information Plagiarism concerns Honesty in the message Arguments & Counter Arguments The notion of less is more Word choice Informing the uninformed reader Find your own voice Conclusion
  3. 3. Introduction To give an overview of the qualities of sound and effective professional writing To identify key elements of the writing process explained by Evan Thomas How these key elements are used to strengthen writing and research skills
  4. 4. Linear writing Avoid zig zagging when writing Avoid too many buts and howevers Use a linear fashion of writing to avoid confusing the reader
  5. 5. Topic Sentence Ensure you have a good clear topic sentence to begin each paragraph Dont begin you topic sentence with a qualifying clause
  6. 6. Relevant and Sound Information Ensure you have good information, good research, and good reporting Do your research carefully Master your data to be in control of your writing
  7. 7. Plagiarism Concerns Do Not Plagiarize Always show Attribution
  8. 8. Honesty in the Message Be Honest in your writing Do not fudge or fake answers Always try to keep your credibility
  9. 9. Arguments & Counter Arguments Acknowledgement Deal with counter points Strengthens the argument you are making
  10. 10. Less Is More Dont Empty your notebook Dont Overwhelm the Reader Irrelevant information
  11. 11. Word Choice
  12. 12. Inform the Uninformed Reader Deal with the point you raise completely Dont skip from one point to the next Proofread what you have written Ask yourself questions about what you have written Does the reader understand what you are saying? Have you answered all their questions?
  13. 13. Writing In Your Own Voice Conversationally Natural voice Get to the point Simplify version
  14. 14. . Conclusion Avoid Plagiarism Find your own voice Be Honest Inform the Uniformed Reader Arguments & Counter Arguments Word Choice Linear, clear, and straight Choose Data Masterfully Topic Sentence
  15. 15. Reference Holton, E. F. & Swanson, R. A. (2005).Research in Organizations : Foundations and Methods of Inquiry. San Francisco, CA: Berrett- Koehler. Murray, J. D., & McGlone, C. (1997). Topic overviews and processing of topic structure.Journal Of Educational Psychology,89(2), 251- 261. Thomas, E. (2104) Newsweek video presentation. Retrieved From http://extmedia.kaplan.edu/business/GM599/GM599_1207D/Thomas/thomas _player_06.html
  16. 16. Rolyn G. Louis & Michelle Lilly-Bowens December 16th 2014 Any Questions?