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1 Business & Personal Business Letters

2 What is a business letter? A form of communication used to convey a formal message to one or more parties.

3 What are some examples of a business letter? Bank’s communication to customers. Company’s communication to stockholders. Superintendent’s communication to parents.

4 Margins In general, adjust the margins so that the letter has a uniform amount of white space at each margin and is slightly oriented to the top or centered. Leave at least.5 inches below the letterhead.

5 Basic Components Letterhead Dateline Attention Line Inside Address Salutation Subject Line Message Complimentary Closing Company Signature Writer’s Signature Block Reference Initials Enclosure Notation Copy Notation

6 Letterhead Preprinted information in the header and sometimes in the footer that usually contains the company name, address, address, logo, and other contact information.

7 Date Line The date the letter was written, spelled out, as in April 30, 2010.

8 Attention Line Keyed on the first line of the inside address and used to address a specific person or job (Sales Manager) within an organization.

9 Inside Address The name of the addressee, name of the business, street address, city, state abbreviation, and zip.

10 Salutation The Greeting.

11 Subject Line (optional) Keyed below the salutation because it is considered part of the message. Key the word Subject in all caps, followed by a colon and the topic, also in all caps. Gives the reader a quick overview of the topic.

12 Message The letter content. Key paragraphs in single space format with a double space between.

13 Complimentary Closing The goodbye.

14 Company Signature Keyed name of the company in all caps, placed a double space below the complimentary close.

15 Writer’s Signature Block Author’s name and title, which may be keyed on one or two lines, depending on length.

16 Reference Initials Initials of the typist of the letter and sometimes the author as well (keyed first). Example: bc/mw or BC/MW No punctuation is used with the initials.

17 Enclosure Notation (optional) Indicates that another document is included with the letter. Sometimes the enclosures are identified. Example: Enclosure: Résumé

18 Copy Notation (optional) Indicates the names of other parties who have received copies of the letter. Example: cc Mrs. Dian Moon

19 Punctuation Styles Mixed Punctuation A colon is keyed after the salutation (Dear Mrs. May:). A comma is keyed after the complimentary close (Sincerely,). Open Punctuation No punctuation after the salutation or the complimentary close.

20 Letter Formats Block Style- All lines begin at the left margin. Modified Block Style - The date and closure are keyed AT center point (about 6 tabs).

21 Guidelines to Keying A quadruple space follows the date line, leaving three blank lines between the date and the inside address A double space follows the inside address, leaving one blank line between the inside address and the salutation A double space follows the salutation, leaving one blank line between the salutation and the body The body of the letter is single spaced, with a double space between paragraphs A double space precedes the complimentary close

22 More Guidelines to Keying If the company signature is included in the letter, it is keyed a double space below the complimentary close and a quadruple space (three blank lines) above the writer’s signature block If no company signature is included in the letter, the writer’s signature block is keyed a quadruple space below the complimentary close A double space separates the writer’s signature block from any remaining parts of the letter Reference initials, enclosure notation, copy notation, etc. are single or double spaced Reference initials are not required when the writer is also the typist


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