AmCham Center for Training and Development

This program aims to improve the business writing skills of participants through review of the basics such as grammar rules, tenses, words often confused, etc., discussion of common errors in English correspondences, the planning steps in writing, and the principles of effective writing, including the guidelines.

Several exercises will be given to the participants to ensure that they apply and remember what will be discussed in the seminar.


Days before the start of the seminar, the participants will be given a topic to write about. Each participant will submit his or her write-up, both hard and soft copies, to the Coordinator two days before the seminar. The write-up will be critiqued on Day 2.


PART 1 - Basic English Review

  • Parts of Speech
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Tenses of Verb
  • Words Often Confused
  • Common Errors (The common errors in business correspondences as compiled by the resource speaker will be discussed.)
  • E-mail Etiquette
  • Business Letters
  • American English vs. British English
  • Sentence (Dangling Participle, Sentence Unity, Uniformity of Construction)
  • Clause
  • Phrase
  • Paragraph

PART 2 - Effective Business Writing

  • Characteristics of Business Writing
  • How to Start
  • Six Planning Steps
  • Seven Principles of Effective Writing, Including Guidelines (Completeness, Conciseness, Consideration, Concreteness, Clarity, Courtesy, Correctness)
  • Exercises : Review of Assignments (Critique)


  • Jul 14, 2020

  • Jul 15, 2020

8:30 AM - 12 PM
Day 1 - Morning Session
1 PM - 5 PM
Day 1 - Afternoon Session


  • Stephen Banares (Consultant at HR Solutions & Business Management, Inc.)

    Stephen Banares

    Consultant at HR Solutions & Business Management, Inc.

    Mr. Stephen I. Banares, or SIB for short, started his career in Security Bank Corporation where he rose from the ranks. He was with the Bank for more than 20 years. His last position was Senior Assistant Vice President – Head of Systems Division. Before this, he held positions in the different departments of the bank such as Branch Controllership, Audit, and Branch Banking.

    He is a product of Security Bank’s Executive Training Program where he attended classroom and on-the-job training and seminars on several aspects of banking, leadership, management, and other soft skills. He was also one of the Bank’s certified trainers.

    In 2003, Banares joined Informatics Philippines, master franchisor of Informatics Education LTD based in Singapore. He was the Vice President / Chief Operating Officer at the time of his resignation in December 2013. He later joined Philippine Bank of Communications as Vice President / Head of Process Management Group from August 2016 to October 2017.

    He has been conducting trainings / seminars for banks and other corporate clients. These clients include Bankers Institute of the Philippines (BAIPHIL), EastWest Bank, ING Bank, Philippine Bank of Communications, Bank of Makati, UCPB Savings Bank, LBP Service Corp., Rural Bankers Ass’n. of the Philippines (RBAP), and Suzuki Phils., among others.

    Presently, he is the Chairman of the Board of a progressive rural bank in North Luzon. He is also a Consultant at HR Management & Business Solutions, Inc. (HRMBSI) where he conducts seminars for its clients. He was also a part-time College Instructor at Informatics International College Eastwood Campus and Southville International School and Colleges where he handled accounting subjects.

    He is the co-author of three books: 1) Easy Leadership Tips, 2) Easy Selling Tips, and 3) Accounting, Financial Management and Credit Granting Made Easy.

    Banares graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Negros Occidental – Recoletos (UNO-R) in Bacolod City with a degree in Accountancy. He was awarded Distinguished Alumnus for Banking and Education in 2015. He also earned MBA units from University of St. La Salle in Bacolod City where he was a Dean’s Lister. He continued his MBA at Ateneo de Manila University in Makati. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

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Use this ticket if your company is a member of AmCham Philippines.

Standard Price: ₱4,500 + 10% | $99
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Standard Price ₱4,500

For AmCham non-members.

Standard Price: ₱5,500 + 10% | $121
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Standard Price ₱5,500