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Report Writing - Online

Category

Communication Skills

Audience

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.

Duration

2 x 3 hours plus 2.5 hours individual work over 2 days (you must attend all sessions)

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

+ Practical Homework Exercise

Module Two

Planning your Report

  • Planning your structure, content sequence and flow

  • How do you arrange your information for maximum impact?

  • Using numbers and data to support your message

  • Visuals to reinforce your report

  • Maintaining relevance – adding value to your information 

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

    + Practical Homework Exercises

Module Three

Review of Homework Exercises

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?

Dates

18 October 2022 at 10:00, 18 October 2022 at 14:00 and 19 October 2022 at 10:00

Delivered online. You must attend all the sessions.

Online sessions include usual breaks. Zoom link(s) are auto-sent from info@surreylearn.co.uk a few days in advance of delivery. Full instructions and course handouts will also be sent in advance.

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