Write effective reports

Course information

In today’s competitive world, being able to create a polished and readable report is an essential skill. Writing successful reports involves communicating information, facts and arguments as clearly and concisely as possible. Using the new industry standard of plain English with a professional tone is the best way to make an impact with all your writing.

On this highly practical workshop, you will learn how to plan and write well-structured reports which get messages across quickly and effectively. You will also learn how to use the power of language and layout to communicate your messages to busy readers – including how to convey complex information to experts and non-experts.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Create professional, readable and polished reports
  • Plan and draft quickly and efficiently
  • Use plain English with a professional tone
  • Ensure reports look accessible and reader-friendly

Who should attend?

This report course is for anyone who writes or reviews reports at work. The techniques covered apply to all types of reports, from one-pagers for your team to annual reports with different contributors. It’s suitable for report writers who want to take a fresh look at the task and also for novice report writers who want to have a solid foundation for the future.

What’s covered in this course

1

Plan a report in 4 steps

  • Define your purpose and identify your target audience(s)
  • Create an effective objective
  • Build a structured outline
  • Edit your plan
2

How to convey complex information

  • Use plain professional English
  • Make information clear and accessible
  • Take care with jargon, ‘business speak’ etc.
  • Use strong, precise, active verbs
3

Write to engage readers

  • Use layout (and white space) effectively
  • Cut dead wood – and make every word count
  • Use headings, bullet lists and topic sentences for navigation
  • Polish the report, using an editing checklist
For a more detailed course outline, please get in touch.

Course delivery options ​

Live online training

Choose a practical interactive online session. Then, for more practice, send a sample of your report writing, to be reviewed and returned by your trainer.

Tailored in-house courses

Get the training you need with customised onsite training for your teams, based on your own reports. One-day or half-day courses for small groups.

Bespoke coaching – online

One-to-one sessions focus on your challenges and objectives. Practical exercises are based on your own reports.

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Want a refresher on punctuation? Or a quick guide to plain English? What about tips on writing for your website? Or useful phrases for minutes? Our fact-sheets are full of information that will help you to write clear, correct English.

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Want expert tips and tools to improve your writing?

  • Quick Guide to Plain English
  • Quick Punctuation Guide
  • Quick Grammar Guide
  • Ten Common Errors
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Customer Communications with Impact
  • Writing for the Web
  • Web Accessibility
  • Editing for Results
  • Writing & Editing Checklist
  • Minutes – Useful Phrases

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