OABC - OABCA Writing Framework for Professionals OABC...

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OABC—A Writing Framework for Professionals OABC represents opening, agenda, body, and closing, the four major text units of most written business documents. OABC results in improved writing confidence, faster composition, and superior documents for the reading audience. The following text includes a brief overview of the OABC framework, which uses top-down processing to enhance learning and retention. Opening . In the opening part of a document, bring the audience into the message by giving background information, stating the reason for the message, referring to a previous communication, stating a problem, giving a conclusion or recommendation, or covering other types of information appropriate to the situation. Here are some samples: Thanks for your July 13 letter asking about employment in our new plant in your city. Since February 1, we have lost three major accounts because of our late product deliveries. I’m convinced that we need to implement the procedures used by our Atlanta operations, as we discussed last week. Since talking with you in Denver last week, I have given a lot of thought to your idea concerning acquiring the Bronson property. I’m convinced that such a move would not be in the best interest of our company. After months of work, I’m pleased to report that the details have been finalized for our upgraded retirement package. All these statements establish a connection between writer and reader; they lay the groundwork for subsequent sentences that will build on the idea conveyed in the opening. In short documents, one sentence may be adequate for the opening. In longer, more complex situations, a paragraph or even multiple pages may be necessary. Agenda . This section contains a preview, or map, of the main points to be covered. Agenda paragraphs are transitional paragraphs that act as bridges to subsequent paragraphs. Agendas can be of four types: They can (1) quantify—tell the number of key content units, (2) identify— specify the subject matter that follows, (3) prioritize—explain the sequence of the following content units, or (4) visualize—give a metaphor to help create a mental image. Here is an example of four opening sentences, each followed by one of the four types of agendas:
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