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Report Writing - Online


Communication Skills


Anyone, at any level, who wants to produce clear and compelling  reports that will influence decision-making and initiate action. Different formats, styles and content are explored and techniques shared that will report-writing easier, more efficient, and more effective.


2 consecutive half day online sessions – delivered virtually

Delegate rate

Approximately £100 per day per delegate. Charges depend on how many delegates book.

By the end of the online course you will be able to: 

  • Plan your reports to achieve your desired result

  • Choose the best structure and content sequence

  • Evaluate and prioritise your content

  • Handle data and figures confidently and effectively

  • Express yourself persuasively using clear language

  • Set the right ‘tone’ for the situation and subject

  • Increase your confidence in grammar and punctuation

  • Check and edit your own writing

Module One 

Introduction & Workshop Objectives

  • What reports are you writing or expect to write?

  • What specifically would you like to achieve today? 

Writing to communicate – some important guidelines

  • How we choose and consume information

  • Paragraphs and sentences

  • Increasing and using your vocabulary

  • Choosing the right style and ‘tone of voice’

  • Matching your language with your audience

  • Common Do’s and Don’ts!

 Thinking about your Reader

  • Who are they? What do they want from you?

  • How much do they already know?

  • What is your precise objective?

  • Structure and emphasis - how we all read reports

Module Two

The POWER method of effective writing

  • Prepare

  • Organise

  • Write

  • Examine

  • Revise

  • Making sure your document says what you mean it to say

  • How to revise and produce a final draft

Module Three

Guided Practical Work: 

Creating your Report

  • Checking structure and reader navigation

  • Objectives for each section of your report

  • Writing the Introduction

  • Writing the Executive Summary

  • How will your report be delivered and read?

Final writing exercise

 The way forward

  •  Summary of Key Points
  • Taking ideas back to your workplace and putting them into action

  • To do lists – how will you put into practice what you have learned?


16 July 2024 at 10:00 and 17 July 2024 at 10:00

Delivered online. You must attend all the sessions.

Online sessions include usual breaks. Course link(s) are auto-sent from [email protected] a few days in advance of delivery. Full instructions and course handouts will also be sent in advance.

Please note you will be expected to use your camera and display your name on all training. If unable to comply, please ensure the trainer understands why and notes your name and authority for recording attendance.

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