Phone & Web Seminars

Refreshing Your Business Grammar Skills--How to Avoid Common Errors
A Live Half Day Seminar
June 6 - 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (EDST), 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (EDST)
How This Seminar Works
  1. This live Phone & Web Seminar consists of two 90-minute, high quality conference calls combined with both PDF and Internet-posted slides
  2. The day before the seminar, you will be emailed a toll-free telephone number to access the audio portion of the live seminar session. The seminar's slides will be attached to the email as a PDF file, and a Website link will be provided so you can also view the same slides online if you prefer. Phone calls originating from outside of the USA and Canada will be a toll call billed to you by your telephone service provider.
  3. A few minutes before the seminar is to begin, you will call the toll-free phone number to access the audio portion of the seminar. You can follow the visual portion of the presentation by using the printed PDF files or by viewing the Internet-posted slides on your computer screen
  4. A professional moderator will manage the audio portion of the seminar and there will be opportunity to ask questions. All participants will hear both the question and the instructor's response. After the seminar is over, further questions can be directed to the instructor via email.

In recent years, the topic of business grammar has increasingly become a top priority for training employees. Why? Studies have indicated that at least 80 percent of business professionals lack the confidence in their use of the English language. This statistic is important in light of the fact that approximately 70 percent of our work day is spent in either verbal or written communication.

Using proper grammar in all forms of business communication conveys a highly favorable professional image and helps to ensure clear, understandable messages with positive results. Grammatical errors that blatantly stand out project a negative business image, are often embarrassing to the communicator, and detract from the message as well as lessen its impact.

This seminar provides a "snapshot" review of key elements in English grammar and points out their application in business written communication. Assuming employees' basic understanding of the English language and its structural foundation, the seminar focuses on recognizing common grammatical mistakes and on learning how to avoid them.

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What You will Learn
  1. Appreciate the value of using correct grammar for enhanced communication
  2. Communicate more clearly and confidently with greater impact
  3. Increase credibility and understanding
  4. Know how to avoid common grammatical mistakes
  5. Use active voice for more powerful communication
  6. Apply grammatical agreement and modifiers properly for clarity
  7. Learn when to use certain conjunctions to introduce phrases and clauses
  8. Recognize and correct errors in capitalization and punctuation
Seminar Agenda
  • Active Voice vs. Passive Voice
  • Agreement-Subject/Verb, Pronoun, Tense, Number, Voice
  • Phrases and Clauses and Their Proper Function
  • Conjunctions-Who/Whom, That/Which, Either/Or and Others
  • Ways to Avoid Sentence Fragments and Run-on Sentences
  • Modifiers and Their Correct Applications
  • Commmon Errors Made in Capitalization and Punctuation
Who Should Attend this Seminar

This seminar will benefit professionals in the electric power, financial and energy industries who want to refresh their business grammar skills so that they project a very positive business image in both their written and verbal communications.

Prerequisites and Advance Preparation

This fundamental level group live seminar has no prerequisites. No advance preparation is required before the seminar.

Program Level

Basic level. This fundamental course begins with basic material and then proceeds to the intermediate level.

Delivery Method


Why Choose PGS?

PGS seminars are known for their clear explanations and in-depth content. Register for a PGS class today, and join the over 10,000 energy professionals who have already attended one of PGS's proven programs. View Past Seminar Attendees


Joan Matochik
Joan Matochik is president and founder of JM Communications, a professional development and training business, specializing in helping individuals in the business world sharpen their written and verbal communication skills. For over 20 years, she has trained individuals in the profit and non-profit sectors not only to become more effective communicators but also more productive employees in the workplace.

Joan's academic background includes a B.A. degree in English Language and Literature from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York, and an M.A. degree in Journalism from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. For several years, she assisted clients with their public relations and publicity needs. She has also taught professional writing at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York; Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York; and the State University of New York College at Geneseo in Geneseo, New York. A published author, Joan has written several articles on business communication.

Registration Fee and Discounts

$195 for the first attendee and $149 for the second attendee, and $149 for each attendee thereafter.

Payment and Cancellations

Payment is due prior to the start of the seminar by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Diner's Club. Seminar fees will be charged to your credit card at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made. Cancellations can be made up to 5:00 PM (Eastern U.S. time) two (2) business days prior to the seminar for a full refund. No refunds will be made thereafter, but credit will be given toward future seminars. Substitutions may be made at any time.

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