Report Writing

About the report writing course

Learn how to apply effective report writing skills and improve your style of writing to engage and persuade your audience.

Attend this business report writing course and you will learn valuable methods and written communication techniques to test your reasoning and logic. You will learn how to ensure that you do not overlook key points. In addition, you will learn how to improve presentation skills.

Above all, you will learn how to plan, organise your objectives, construct arguments, and summarise your content effectively.

Learning outcomes

After attending the report writing course, you will be able to:

  • Structure information effectively
  • Apply information mapping techniques
  • Produce persuasive arguments
  • Match your report format to your audience

Who should attend?

This training course is aimed at anyone looking to learn how to write a business report, how to write a proposal, technical report writing, white papers and other effective types of written communication in business.

How will I benefit from this report writing training?

This course will enhance your written communication skills. In particular, you will:

  • Understand the reason for types of report writing formats and when, why and how they should be used
  • Be able to produce clear, hierarchical and logical report structures which project the messages you wish to communicate
  • Understand how to deploy techniques to persuade and influence your readers
  • Be able to write correctly

Outline of programme

Overview

  • The purpose and value of reports
  • Types of written reports
  • How to write a good report
  • Planning and organisation
  • Gathering information

Clarifying objectives

  • Terms of reference
  • Defining the scope of the report
  • Clarifying the key points to be made
  • Answering the probable objections in advance

Research

  • Information sources
  • Reference views
  • Compilation

Constructing your case

  • Features, advantages and benefits
  • Unique Selling Proposition (USP)
  • Differentiators
  • Reframing / Positioning
  • Apply persuasion
  • Build in answers to likely questions

Planning

  • Mind mapping
  • Create matrix of objectives, messages and report sections
  • Select the report style according to the audience
  • Prepare the¬†structure of a report

Writing structure

  • Report structure
  • Hierarchy, reasoning and logic
  • Testing key messages

Style and tone

  • Words that attract
  • Definition of style and tone
  • Illustrations, revisions, proofreading and use of colour

Report format

  • Photographs
  • Typography
  • Report writing layout

Call to action

  • Ensure all points are included
  • Ensure that it is clear what you expect of the reader

Editing

  • How to improve your draft
  • Proofreading