Joanna Gutmann Training

course: report writing

Writing a report can be time-consuming, frustrating and be viewed as a necessary evil by most staff and with horror by some. As a result, those who have to read the reports are faced with documents that are poorly structured and not suited to their needs.  This course will help delegates plan and structure a report, presenting information in a form which will be easily understood by the reader. Through improving the quality and reducing the time taken, reports can be viewed with more enthusiasm by reader and writer alike.

Course content
Define the objective for the report, taking the needs and interests of the reader into account.
Plan and structure the report before writing.
Adopt an appropriate style in terms of structure and language.
Use clear numbering and descriptive headings to guide the reader.
Present the report professionally to create the right impression and maximise readability.
Giving information in a logical order

Who should attend?
Anyone who is starting to write business reports, or who wants to improve the quality of the reports they write.

Method
A mix of syndicate exercises and discussion Delegates are encouraged to raise their particular concerns and are welcome to bring examples of their reports for personal feedback.

Administration
Duration: one day (usually 9.30-4.30)
Breaks: 11.00 / 2.45
All course handouts, detailed reference notes and stationery are provided
Minimum of six delegates, maximum of twelve

At your office

If you have more than six who would benefit from the training (maximum of 12), an in-house course is the most cost-effective way of developing your colleagues' skills.  You only need to provide the room and a flipchart.
More information on running a minute-taking course at your office

a book or a mousemat?

If you'd like some help with your writing, Pocket Punctuation will give you the rules and guidelines for every mark with simple, clear examples tips for punctuating correctly. Alernatively, the punctuation mousemat gives summary guidance for the tricky marks 'at your fingertips'
Information on Pocket Punctuation and the punctuation mousemat

I feel this has significantly enhanced my skills and I hope to put into practice everything I have learnt today.
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