Writing Reports and Proposals

 

Writing Reports and Proposals

This two-day course is intended to help you do the writing your job demands. If you are a manager at any level in business, government, or industry, you must write reports. Whether you want to or not, you must write to explain things, to smooth relationships, and/or to convince others of the value of some course of action. Such writing must be clear, concise, complete, and correct. It must also convey your message in a courteous tone. The workshop will help you to identify the range of this kind of writing, the forms it takes, and the persuasive techniques it requires.

  • Becoming a Good Writer
  • The Nine Rules of Writing
  • Readability Index
  • Creating Proper Paragraphs
  • Unity and Coherence
  • Emphasis
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • The Stages of Report Writing
  • The First Stage: Investigation
    o Search Strategies
    o Citing Sources
  • The Second Stage: Planning
  • Audience
  • Format
    o Using the Correct Format
    o The Direct Approach
    o The Indirect Approach
  • Organization
  • The Third Stage: Writing
    o Drafting Your Report
    o Creating a Report
  • The Fourth Stage: Revision
  • Formal Reports
  • How to Use Headings
  • Charts and Graphs
  • Writing Proposals
  • The Acid Test
  • Designing your Message
  • Dealing with Tough Questions
  • Pre-Assignment Review

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