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Effective Business Report Writing

Effective Business Report Writing

Effective Business Report Writing course is the ideal way to learn the skills of how to write useful reports that are easy to understand and show consistency and professionalism.

A business report is a powerful communication tool. In business report writing course, you’ll learn how to apply timeless report-writing principles to any scenario.

Whether you write annual reports or board reports, leadership reports or marketing reports, operational reports or business submissions, your audience is pressed for time. They need to know the key points quickly.

Even if you already have a report-writing system, or you use templates, the details of writing business reports can still be daunting. For example, persuading readers with different values to see your point, or building logical bridges between support points. At this business reports course, you’ll learn how.

You’ll learn to craft each report around a concise high-level message, supported by logically ordered support points.

You’ll learn how to decide how little or how much technical detail to include, what to do about business jargon, and what to do when new facts force you to change the reported angle.

An effective report should outline the facts, explain your meaning within a specific context and relay the specific actions that need to be taken.

The key to achieving the desired results with your report is planning.  A report is not simply a case of accumulating data, but assessing and evaluating that information, enabling you to construct an effective document, which will grab the attention of its intended recipient and achieve the intended results.

This effective report writing training course will teach you how to draft, structure and edit an effective business report that gets your message across quickly and clearly.

You might be interested in other Communication and Writing programs as a next step.

YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO

By the end of this training, you will be able to write well-researched, well-organized and well-written reports. You will know how to write formal, structured documents, and will understand the importance of using easily understood language and how to order your information.

Upon successful completion of this course, following the five key steps of report writing, participants should be able to:

• Plan their reports using the essential planning tools covered.

• Organise their thinking into a clear, logical structure before beginning to write.

• Write a clear, focused executive summary before starting on the report body.

• Write the report body in line with their stated objectives.

• Review for logical style and flow, plain English usage and correct style.

Course Objectives:

•    Understood the need for planning and preparation before writing the report
•    Increased their confidence in structuring a report
•    Practiced writing effective summaries
•    Recognised the importance of layout within their document
•    Developed a personal action plan

IMPORTANT COURSE INFORMATION

Participants who fully attend this course and complete the test on the last day will receive a Strategic Axis Professional Certificate (SAPC).

SAPC certificates are regionally recognized and can be quite valuable when applying for more senior roles within the organization or outside.

COURSE OUTLINE

Modules

Module 1: Understanding Business Writing

Understanding the importance and need of short, simple, human business writing.

Brainstorming the support points; putting your ideas into order; creating content hierarchies that help readers navigate the document.

Module 2: Pre-writing & Drafting

Explaining Triple-A: Knowing your Aim, Audience, and Approach.  Practical techniques for dealing with writer’s block.

The main planning tools (objectives, audience, context, and constraints); establishing the focus of your report.

Module 3: Report Structure

Executive Summary, Introduction, Method, Findings & Conclusions, Recommendations, and Appendices.

Writing an executive summary of the critical components; setting up the body of the document.

Logical argumentation styles (inductive, deductive, proof); the three elements of persuasion (logic, emotion, credibility); what to write at the end.

Module 4: Editing & Revising

Plain-language technique: headings, paragraphs, sentences, actual, concise & concrete writing with a human tone.

Reviewing grammar, spelling, punctuation and word use.

The four stages of review: double-checking for content; keeping a clear, navigable structure; checking for everyday English usage; proofreading for style, grammar, and formatting.

 

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