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Course type:
Classroom
Duration:
1 day
Delivery:
Classroom
Optional add-ons:
N/A
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Business Skills Effective Report Writing classroom

Course overview

About the course

Most people writing reports are highly competent from a technical perspective. However, there is a need to develop a common language and style for reports to make the documents more efficient and effective.  Particularly important is the ability to present technical information in a way that is easily understood by managers beyond their own business function. For reports to be successful they need to have the following characteristics:

  • Focused on key business issues
  • Objective but also persuasive
  • Easy to read and understand
  • Action orientated
  • Have a common corporate style
  • Consistent with the company’s branding and values

This course is introduced with an investigation of the type of reports the delegates have to produce. These are then used for case study exercises during the day. We also like to see examples of current work in advance of the course– both good and not so good.

What's covered?

  • Definition: Defining the key issues to be covered and the ‘question’ being asked
  • Communication objectives: precise objectives for what we want the readers to know, feel and do
  • Research methods: primary and secondary
  • Report types and structures
  • Principles of plain English
  • Principles of page layout and document design
  • The role of supporting elements such as the executive summary

Target audience

All staff and managers who have to produce complex and individual reports.

Learning objectives

  • Ensure that a report writing brief is correctly interpreted and developed
  • Establish the correct scope and depth for a document
  • Define precise communication objectives in relation to the report’s audience
  • Structure the argument effectively and persuasively
  • Use a style of plain English that improves understanding and raises level of interest
  • Produce an effective and attractive layout using Shipley elements where appropriate
  • Package the report with an interesting title, executive summary. contents page, etc.