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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