Report Writing Skills
This 2-day training course looks at the various aspects of both planning and writing professional reports. By looking at the anticipated audience, the course focuses on how to prepare reports that will match up to, and exceed, the expectations of the reader. It will teach all attendees how to plan, design and write a structured report, ensuring that only suitable content is included, and that the argument provided is logical and provides suitable calls to action.
It is essential to understand how to write reports and proposals that get read. We write reports in a range of formats and a variety of purposes. Whether you need to report on a product analysis, inventory, feasibility studies, or something else, report writing is a skill you will use again and again. Having a method to prepare these documents will help you be as efficient as possible with the task. This course will build on a solid base of writing skills to present information in formal, informal, and proposal styles.
By the end of the course, participants should be able to:
- Prepare reports and proposals that inform, persuade, and provide information.
- Review their work so that it is clear, concise, complete, and correct
- Apply these skills in real work applications
- Understand their target readers to better customize their reports
- Provide clear and concise reports that are easy to read and are followed by suitable action plans
- Identify the different purposes of writing a report
- Write informal/formal proposals
Most of our courses are practical based workshops which focus on activities, exercises and interactive sessions which include activities that address the challenges faced by the participants in their day to day work environment, activities that should assess their strengths and weaknesses etc. Workshops as a rule should cover 60% of theory and 40% of practical hands on exercises. Activities may include:
- Practical ‘classroom’-based exercises, relating to problem-solving
- Participants will be divided into groups where each group will initiate activities by going through each step in accordance with the course modules and learning objective.
- SMART objectives – discussion breakout session.
- Stepping stones – used as an ice-breaker to get delegates to think laterally, as well as foster strong team relations.
- Working in remote teams to generate creative ideas, challenging participants to work together against the clock.
- Hopes & Fears breakout session – encouraging aims & objectives, empathy & mutual support
Some of the group participation exercises, games, tools, simulations, role-plays, audio-visuals, assessments that may be included in the training session:
- Evaluation: Pre-training and post-training
- Illustrations, Video and Audio aids to support theoretical sessions
- Story with reality visuals
- Inventory to assess personal and team engagement
- Group Debate/Role play: Point & counterpoint
- Handouts: Activity based exercises & games
- Group/partner practice: Mutual validation
- Games that engage the participants
- Case studies that relate to the subject and industry
The course uses a mix of interactive techniques, such as brief presentations by the consultant and the participants, role plays (rehearsed and impromptu), playback of videotaped performances and individual and group feedback systems.