Tips and Techniques to Hone and Refine Your Report-Writing Skills
Writing business reports is an essential part of the job for many of us, but writing effective, clear and concise reports that convey the key issues is a challenge, especially since business reporting requirements vary based on several factors:
Industry culture: Technical industries generally require in-depth attention to history, methodology, and options, while sales-oriented businesses focus more on high-level details.
Business purpose: Descriptive business reports require facts, analytical reports extend from facts to judgments, and persuasive reports stretch beyond judgments to recommendations.
Audience concerns: Many departments within a company might have interests in the report specific to their discipline, including accounting, compliance, legal, marketing, production, sales, and security, among others.
Archival considerations: Reporters need to reflect not only on the business situation at hand but the historical and legacy issues – as emerging projects develop, old models become frameworks for newer ones.
Writing across multiple industries and disciplines in an ever-evolving marketplace require efficient techniques for reporting to a wide audience with contrasting concerns. Your report-writing skills need to be first-rate; whether your job requires you to create templates for complex reporting requirements, or use templates that cover technical topics, or whether your work requires you to report in situations that do not follow a one-size-fits-all approach to writing.
Join this session, where communication training expert Philip Vassallo, Ed.D. will offer a deep toolbox for writing a broad range of comprehensive business reports through a fluid process that ensures clarity and conciseness. Philip will focus on the efficiency, sufficiency, proficiency (ESP) method. This session will help you to apply a disciplined approach to various report-writing situations. You will learn to create report templates for a broad range of topics. You will be able to draft reports efficiently and painlessly, and rewrite reports based on the key issues you need to present. After attending this session, you will be able to use language effectively to support the purpose of your report.
With this session, you will learn:
The techniques for jumpstarting the report-writing process
How to write with efficiency, sufficiency, and proficiency (ESP)
How to develop a full range of work-related reports efficiently
To use templates provided in this session to ensure comprehensive reporting
How can you rev up your report based on principles of visual design
How you can proofread for proper usage
How to revise cohesively to support the purpose of the report
How to edit skillfully with clarity, conciseness, and correctness
This session will cover:
Report planning techniques
24 business report templates
The use of quality visuals
Clear headings and lists
Starting with the high point
How to edit for conciseness
Tips on proofreading
Who Should Attend
Businesspeople who need to write a broad range of business reports or who are transitioning into a reporting-intensive discipline
Philip Vassallo has developed, delivered, and supervised communication training programs for a wide range of managerial, administrative, and technical professionals in corporate, government, and academic environments. He has also taught writing and presentation skills on the graduate and undergradua...
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