Course Description Creating a well-written business report is a vital skill for any modern-day business professional. This highly practical programme will guide delegates through every stage of creating effective reports, from planning and structuring through to writing and presenting; enabling them to communicate ideas clearly and gain credibility.
Course Objectives • Identify and meet the needs of the reader • Research, gather and organize material effectively • Use clear and concise language to deliver a message • Create engaging reports using a wide range of graphics • Create professional reports with a logical structure • Create reports tailored to the appropriate audience.
Who Should Attend • Managers • Supervisors • Executives • Team leaders or project leaders • Who are looking to improve their report writing skills
Course content Day One: Challenges of report writing • Understanding key objectives of business reporting • Clarifying the purpose and objective of the report • Focusing transfer of clear message based on fact and knowledge
Day Two: Planning your report • Different report types and their use in the workplace • Requesting a clear and concise brief • Timeframes and deadlines • Effective research and fact-finding skills
Day Three: Structuring your report • Define primary and secondary report objectives • Using a logical structure, which is easy to follow • Use of titles, sub-headings and numbering systems • Existing templates for reports
Day Four: Language, Style, and Tone • Writing for management vs. writing for subordinates • Using the right style and tone for the right audience • Using plain concise English • Avoiding the use of jargon • Creating drafts and revising the report • The process of editing and re-editing
Day Five: Design, Layout, and Presentation • Handling and using technical or specialist information • Use of illustrations, graphs, and images • Use of case studies, and their relevancy • Giving and receiving feedback when presenting • Promoting positive outcomes with the right communication sty
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