course is presented at your premises by an experienced trainer who is
also a published writer. He has presented it well over 150 times so
Clients include Nestle, RBS, Ofsted, FSC Gibraltar, Virgin Media and
excellent course - very involving and up to date".
COURSE AIM - Report
To help delegates to write
business reports that are clear, concise and easy to read and
understand. It covers the principles and practice of preparing, writing
and editing reports.
COURSE CONTENT - Report
- What types of business report do
- What do you like and dislike
about report writing?
- What distinguishes a good
business report from a poor one?
- Some extracts to critique.
- Three stages of report writing:
Plan, Write Edit.
- Three goals: better, shorter,
- Agreeing the objectives or terms
- Readers first. Who
are they and what do they need?
- How much detail is needed to
achieve your objectives?
- What do you want your readers to
know and do after reading your report?
- How do you want them to react to
- Achieving a logical flow the
readers can follow easily - the structure.
- Sections and subsections,
Executive Summary, Introduction, Main Body, etc.
- Who reads what?
- Writing an Executive Summary that
all can understand.
- Structuring complex information -
- Using illustrations and tables.
- Your Plan!
- Going from plan to draft.
- The order in which to write the
- Determining style.
- Titles, headings and subheadings.
- Numbering systems.
- Using short paragraphs and short
- Using appropriate words and
jargon; plain English.
- Using pronouns - or not.
- Bullet points and lists.
- Captions and labels for
illustrations and tables.
- Using appendices.
- Going from draft to finished
- Editing for accuracy, brevity and
- Eliminating waffle, superfluous
words and wordy phrases.
- The Microsoft grammar and style
- Plain English.
- Passive and active verbs.
- Using fewer 'Smothered' or
- Superfluous adjectives and
- Conventions for writing
- Some troublesome points of
English grammar and style.
- Being wary of sexism.
- Punctuation - reference list.
WHO IS IT FOR? - Report
The course is for anyone who wants
to improve their written communication skills, especially when writing
IS THERE A TRACK RECORD? - Report
Whilst writing good business reports
can be difficult, the skills can be learned and this report writing
course has made the task easier for over 1600 people so far. It's also
made checking and approving reports quicker and easier for their
managers, and made reading them easier for their readers.
The course has been presented over
150 times including at the following organisations as well as many
Please email or phone for a
quotation. Email direct to Tony
Atherton or phone 07976-390960.
The training style is very
interactive and uses talks,
examples, discussions, group and individual work in a mix that is
appropriate as possible to the delegates. We will need to discuss your
priorities with you before your
course, which may mean your course is slightly different from the
A handbook combining
course notes and reference material is given to every delegate.
As a training consultant and
published writer, Tony draws on a career in both the public and private
sectors. For five years he was Training Manager at NTL and since 1997
he has been an independent trainer and writer.
He has trained thousands of
delegates from blue-chip organisations - both independently and on
behalf of large training companies including the former Institute of
Management, Reed Learning, Fielden-Cegos and Right-Coutts. He has also
inspected government-funded training on behalf of the Training
Standards Council and the Adult Learning Inspectorate (now part of
Ofsted). As a published writer he has four books and around 90 articles
to his name.
SOME DELEGATES' COMMENTS
course. Thank you.
impressed with today's training.
delivery of course and an obvious expertise in Report Writing.
training, got the message across in an entertaining and productive
- I really
enjoyed today. Tony made everything easy to understand.
- Felt Tony
the report writing course very enjoyable, determined from the outset
what was relevant.
- Very good
course - struck perfect balance - just what I needed and no more. Thank
- Please pass
my thanks to Tony for the the training on Report Writing
yesterday. The group had an excellent day. The feedback is very
encouraging and I would like to arrange another session with Tony later
this year for our senior accountants.
- Thank you
arranging yesterday and I will be in contact shortly to arrange a
report writing course. I will definitely put into practice immediately.
- An excellent
course - very involving and up to date. Enthusiastic trainer.
- Tony was
entertaining and made a traditionally boring subject fun. Very
- Very good
trainer, kept it light and fun.
and to the point. Adapts well to varied delegates experiences and
presenting, easy to understand, made the content interesting and
enjoyable. Nothing like the horror of school days.
- made it interactive.
- I thoroughly
enjoyed the report writing course and was glad I attended.
- I was very
impressed and found my facilitator to be very approachable. A job well