Introduction to Business Writing 2017

Past Event

If you could use a little extra help with your everyday writing skills, but you don’t want to spend your valuable time learning the difference between a gerund and a participial phrase, then this is the course for you.  In this course, we’ll cover practical issues like:

  • Usage [Is it affect or effect?  Is it further or farther?  Is it ensure or assure?]
  • Composition [What does skiing have to do with writing?]
  • Organization [What’s the difference between Point/Proof and Proof/Point and which should I use?]
  • Tone [What’s so wrong about saying “no” when the answer is really “no”?]
  • Presentation [What’s the difference between a feature and a benefit and which do I explain first?]
  • Punctuation [When should I use a semi-colon, and when is a semi-colon not really a semi-colon?  Where do I need to use a comma, and when is it prohibited?]
  • Grammar [What’s wrong with saying “As a new customer, I’d like to welcome you to our bank”?]

The focus of this seminar is on helping you present yourself well when you write.  Of course, you could always just skip this class and rely on your computer’s spelling and grammar checkers, which “approved” the following:

Eye halve a spell link chequer.  It came with my pea sea.  It plain lee marques four my re view, miss steaks eye kin knot sea.  Eye strike a key an type a word an weight four it two say, weather eye am wrung oar write, it shows me strait a weigh.  Adz soon as a mist ache is maid, it nose bee fore two long, an eye can putt the error rite.  Its rare lea ever wrong.  Eye half run this poem threw it, I am shore your pleased two no.  Its clear lee prefect awl the weigh.  My chequer tolled me sew.

PARTICIPANTS: Business lenders, credit analysts, loan reviewers, lending managers and bank presidents.

INSTRUCTOR: John Reik of John Reik & Associates, a Minnesota based business training and consulting firm.  John has presented numerous RMA seminars and has been a lecturer and Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Minnesota for over 40 years.  He also was senior trainer and manager of Credit and Finance Education for U.S. Bank for 8 years.

LOCATION: Anchor Bank (Basement Training Room) - 14665 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley MN 55124

ITEMS TO BRING: Pencils and Calculator.

PLEASE NOTE: A Minnesota Chapter Affiliate is an individual who has paid the annual RMA MN/Local Chapter fee for the 2016/2017 term.  National Membership does not qualify for affiliate benefits at MN Chapter events.

QUESTIONS? Contact Brenda Ryan, Chapter Administrator at



Wednesday, May 17, 2017


8:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Anchor Bank, Apple Valley

14665 Galaxie Avenue
Apple Valley Minnesota 55124