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Persuasive Report Writing

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- Persuasive Report Writing -

Course Overview

If your organisation has managers or employees who struggle at times with writing reports for their manager or clients, then this is a must attend training course.

When a report is written and presented, mistakes can be costly, which is why being known as someone who can express information in short or detailed reports in a way that is clear and unbiased, can do a lot for a person’s reputation, as well as reflect well on their organisation.

Whether your people need to write research reports, business reports, analysis reports, feasibility studies, or other types of reports, effective report writing is a skill every professional will be glad to have or to be able to do better. This highly practical one-day training course shows the best ways to plan, research, structure, write, edit and present formal or informal reports. There will be actual exercises and discussions throughout the training as well as a complete toolkit to use when report writing.

Key Learning Outcomes

  • What is a report, and what are the key aspects that define a report from other documents
  • Different types of reports and how they are used
  • Writing a good report starts with getting good brief research skills
  • Managing the report writing process:
         1) Planning
         2) Collecting and organising information
         3) Preparing your structure: modelling, brainstorming
         4) Testing your structure
         5) Drafting
         6) Revising
  • What is the best writing style and language for your report
  • Getting your style and tone right
  • How to format titles, sub-headings and numbering systems
  • Getting rid of jargon and using plain English
  • Editing, revising and proofing your report
  • Choosing the best template for your reports, including design and layout

Training Outline

Morning Session
  • Why is report writing an important professional skill
  • What’s wrong with these reports? Examples of poorly written and constructed reports
  • What are the stages of report writing
  • The first stage – investigating
  • Gathering information
  • Let’s get thinking
  • The second stage – planning
  • Choosing a report format
  • Individual activity
  • The third stage – writing
  • The fourth stage – revising
  • Checklist for success
  • Spelling test
  • Using headings and subheadings when writing your report
Afternoon Session
  • The right way to use charts and graphs in your reports
  • Writing a proposal versus a report. What’s the difference?
  • The ten steps of proposal writing
  • A report writing exercise
  • How to make your report or proposal more credible and persuasive
  • Practical application.
    Giving credit in your reports
  • Citing sources and attributions
  • Bibliography exercise
  • Recommended reading list
  • Post-course assessment
  • Pre- and post-assessment answer keys
  • Your personal action plan

Training Options

We realise every client is different. You may have only half a dozen people to train, or perhaps you’re running a conference and want a guest speaker or a trainer to undertake a high impact, short breakout session.

Whatever you have in mind, we want to help you achieve your training goals. Let’s start a conversation and find out what’s happening at your place and what you want your people to be able to do differently as a result of training. If you’re on a tight budget, we get that as well. Rest assured, we are good listeners, and we are here to help you achieve your outcomes.

  • 1-day Training (7 hours)
  • Half-Day Express (3 hours)
  • Lunch & Learn (60 minutes)
  • Online Training (Self-paced)
  • One-on-One (Zoom) Coaching