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Business Communication (Harvard Business Essentials) Paperback – July 1, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-1591391135 ISBN-10: 159139113X

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Product Details

  • Series: Harvard Business Essentials
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159139113X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591391135
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harvard Business Essentials The Reliable Source for Busy Managers The Harvard Business Essentials series is designed to provide comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Drawing on rich content from Harvard Business School Publishing and other sources, these concise guides are carefully crafted to provide a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience. To assure quality and accuracy, each volume is closely reviewed by a specialized content adviser from a world class business school. Whether you are a new manager interested in expanding your skills or an experienced executive looking for a personal resource, these solution-oriented books offer reliable answers at your fingertips.

Customer Reviews

It is a very well writtien and structured textbook about business communication.
Wei Luo
I originally had it for a business rhetoric class, however, I think it will stay with me as a good reference book for a while.
Charlie Lincoln
This is one of the volumes in the new Harvard Business School Essentials Series.
Robert Morris

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Robert Morris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is one of the volumes in the new Harvard Business School Essentials Series. Each offers authoritative answers to the most important questions concerning its specific subject. The material in this book is drawn from a variety of sources which include the Harvard Business School Press and the Harvard Business Review as well as Harvard ManageMentor®, an online service. Each volume is indeed "a highly practical resource for readers with all levels of experience." And each is by intent and in execution solution-oriented. Although I think those who have only recently embarked on a business career will derive the greatest benefit, the material is well-worth a periodic review from by senior-level executives.
Richard Luecke assembles in this book (and in all of the issues in the series) cutting edge thinking. In this volume, he was assisted by a subject adviser, Professor Mary Munter of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and they organize the material within nine chapters. Here are their titles:
1. Good Writing (It Begins with Principles)
2. Start-Up Strategies (Your Launch Point)
3. The First Draft (Getting It Down)
4. Getting It Right ((The Editing Craft)
5. Everyday Writing (Memos, Letters, and E-Mails)
6. Presentations (Timeless Principles)
7. Backstage (Preparing Your Presentation8. Show Time (Making an Effective Delivery)
9. Dialogue (The Ultimate Communication)
If you need assistance with mastering essentials in only one of these areas, I urge you to purchase a copy of this book ASAP. Luecke is an uncommonly clear thinker and writer. Thoughtfully, he provides a "Summing Up" section at the end of each chapter to facilitate a review of key points. There are two other books which I also presume to recommend highly: Kevin Ryan's recently published Write Up the Corporate Ladder and William K. Zinnser's On Writing, 25th Anniversary: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Halloran on March 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
The book covers the basics of written and verbal communications. You will learn how to:

Understand the optimal medium to delivering your message.
The best time to deliver it.
Drafting proposals.
Self editing skills.

The book covers the basics well but may come up short for those with advanced communication skills.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheWorldIsMovingTooFast on March 22, 2014
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I was looking for something about office communication and politics etc. but these are the basics I learned at school. Moving on.
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Format: Paperback
All businesspeople can improve their correspondence skills. That's why this short, easily digestible guide belongs in every communicator's bookcase. It might not contain many new ideas, but it certainly emphasizes the time-tested rules of good grammar, organization and editing, while providing tips on overcoming writer's block, framing your fundamental ideas and making successful presentations. getAbstract certainly appreciates the value of straightforward letters and lectures, so we recommend this handy manual to anyone who wants to become a clearer communicator. The foremost idea is that all businesses and careers can benefit from confusion-free correspondence. This little book will help you reach this goal.
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