New Online Class Resolves Nagging Punctuation Questions and Boosts Punctuation Savvy

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Punctuation for Professionals, a new online business writing class offered by Syntax Training, helps everyone from entrepreneurs to administrative assistants solve longstanding punctuation problems and punctuate their emails, reports and other pieces quickly and confidently.

Writers waste time arguing with themselves and others about whether their commas are correct, whether the period belongs before or after the closing parenthesis and whether their bullet points need end punctuation.

Nearly everyone from engineers to service reps and from business owners to receptionists writes regularly on the job, but punctuation doubts often hamper their writing process. Writers waste time arguing with themselves and others about whether their commas are correct, whether the period belongs before or after the closing parenthesis and whether their bullet points need end punctuation. To help professionals resolve their persistent questions about punctuation easily and conclusively, the business writing training company Syntax Training has launched a live, interactive online course, Punctuation for Professionals. The first program takes place on March 19 and 26, 2015.

According to Syntax Training founder, Lynn Gaertner-Johnston, the punctuation issues that plague many people on the job have easy solutions if one knows the essential rules. She says, “Most punctuation questions have clear, quick answers. Understanding the basic rules and using simple cheat sheets as reminders, professionals can punctuate documents quickly and easily, allowing them to focus on their all-important content.”

In the live online punctuation class, led by Gaertner-Johnston, attendees receive simple, clear explanations for dilemmas like these:

--What is the correct punctuation after bullet points?
--When do I need a semicolon before the word “however”?
--Which punctuation mark comes after the greeting in a letter?
--How can I recognize when “one day” and “one week” require a hyphen?
--When does “its” have an apostrophe?

The online Punctuation for Professionals course includes a pre-test, post-test, interactive presentation, Q&A, exercises, mini-tests and practice in punctuating emails and documents. Attendees continue to strengthen their skills after the class by completing reinforcement exercises and reviewing the class recordings. They do not need any special software to participate, just a computer with a keyboard, a high-speed Internet connection and a phone. Enrollment stops at 18 people.

Punctuation for Professionals takes place on two Thursdays, March 19 and 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Eastern Time. The cost is $399 per person, and early-enrollment and group discounts are available. A PDF flyer includes class details, a 16-item punctuation test and a registration link. Information is available from Syntax Training at 206-782-8410 and info(at)syntaxtraining(dot)com.

About Syntax Training
Since 1990, Syntax Training has delivered business writing courses for more than 100 clients. Founder Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," "The Atlantic" and other media and is the author of the award-winning book "Business Writing With Heart: How to Build Great Work Relationships One Message at a Time." The company is located in Seattle, Washington.

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