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In Report Writing, participants will learn...

  • How to use mind mapping and freewriting to express ideas quickly and overcome writer’s block
  • Sure-fire methods for building an instant rapport with readers
  • How to recognize and eliminate common report writing mistakes that are sloppy and unprofessional
  • Professional editing and proofreading techniques that will produce error-free reports every time
  • The key components of every winning business report

Many businesspeople dread the thought of having to write reports. They have trouble getting started, problems with selecting the right words, difficulty getting their ideas across to the reader and many more issues that make them look upon report writing as an unbearable chore.

But report writing projects don’t have to be unbearable chores, to be put off for as long as possible. When your employees attend the SkillPath Corporate Strategies Report Writing training course, they’ll discover simple techniques for creating professional-looking reports in no time at all. We’ll untangle the writing process and break it down into a handful of straightforward steps that will help them organize their thoughts and present their messages in ways that achieve positive results.

Who will benefit from this training

Any employee within an organization

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    Report writing made easy

    • The golden rule of business writing
    • How business writing differs from other forms of writing
    • The 5 major functions of business writing
    • Uncovering the 3 unbreakable rules
    • Where to get information
    • A 6-step process for tuning in to the audience
    • Identifying areas of writing that need polish

    Putting words on paper

    • Banish writer’s block with a simple technique
    • Freewriting: Capture a natural voice and personality
    • The 8 steps of professional business writing
    • Are paragraphs in a confusing, illogical order? How to tell and how to fix the problem
    • How to avoid the trap of wordy opening paragraphs that leave the reader wondering, “Huh?”
    • How to guard against the deadly mistake of leaving important points out of reports

    Communicate with style

    • When a personal, casual style is important—never underestimate the power of contractions
    • What’s in it for me? Adapting the message to match the needs, wants and personalities of the audience
    • Using personal pronouns to connect with readers immediately
    • Grabbing attention with powerful openings and closings
    • Writing endings that motivate readers to take action
    • Subtle tips for influencing readers to buy into ideas
    • Putting the power of persuasion to work—10 simple rules for getting readers to “see it your way”
    • How to convey bad news or say “no”

    Professional editing and proofreading techniques

    • Save hours of rewriting—7 questions for pinpointing the strengths and weaknesses of a first draft
    • Guidelines for a professional appearance
    • 4 proofreading tips for catching 99% of all errors
    • Proofreading under extenuating circumstances
    • A final check before the document is sent

    Writing that means business

    • How to write winning reports
    • The 6 main parts of every winning business report
    • Statistical information—how to include a narrative
    • How to give and accept criticism
    • Handling mixed messages
    • Do’s and don’ts of report writing
    • How to write memos that readers will enjoy receiving
    • 15 tips to write effective e-mails
    • Serious business writing problems—and how to avoid them
    • 10 ways to lose a reader

    Understanding the rules of report writing

    • Simple guidelines for mastering punctuation and grammar
    • Emphasizing words with underlining, parentheses, asterisks and dashes
    • Capitalization and hyphens—how to know when it’s time to stop
    • The most widely accepted rules for when to spell out numbers
    • Short words and phrases for transitions
    • A concise refresher on how to correctly use verb tenses, subject-verb patterns and pronouns and their antecedents
    • How to stop having to look up the same word in the dictionary over and over
    • The 10 most commonly confused word pairs
    • When it’s okay to bend the rules to get a point across more clearly