We are all familiar with turgid and poorly structured reports that, rather than informing, could be put to better use as a remedy for insomnia. Or perhaps your experience has been with reports that are so abbreviated that they fail to address the topic to any depth at all, leaving you wondering what happened to the substance. These are symptoms of a failure to understand the needs of the ‘audience’. As with any form of communication, it is not enough to know what you want to communicate; you must also understand the expectations of the reader. This is the starting point for our report writing ‘journey’.
This one-day workshop follows an approach to report writing that will enable participants to produce documents that meet the needs of their intended audience in terms of content, presentation and emphasis, by using plain English, an appropriate layout and, where necessary, persuasive language. This programme leads participants through the process of creating a report from the initial stages of asking why the report needs to be written, who it is for and what are their expectations, through to the final stages of reviewing and editing. Participants are encouraged to work on one of their own reports throughout.
The workshop aims to provide participants with a structured approach to report writing, which starts with a clear understanding of the report’s purpose, progressing to a review at the end to evaluate its strengths towards achieving its aim.
By the end of the workshop, you will be able to: