Corporate Report Writing
Venue: To Be Announced
|Event Date/Time: May 12, 2011||End Date/Time: May 13, 2011|
A written report or document is often the end product of all technical effort invested in a project. A clear, concise, persuasive report sells the project, whether the purpose is simply to present data; or, to make an important technical case or persuasive argument for a course of action. Misunderstandings, inaccuracies, or inappropriate or misleading information presented in a report can lead to project approval rejection or even liability risks to a corporation. Well-written documents reduce liability risks.
Clarity, organization and flow in a report are essential for a readerâ€™s comprehension of objectives, findings, recommendations and conclusions. This is not easily achieved and requires a concerted effort. For the writer, simply cutting and pasting may not be enough to get that government approval. For the reviewer, many hours can be spent trying to fix problems with a report. For the reader, lack of clarity may significantly affect the outcome or success of a project. Ultimately, inefficiencies in time spent writing and reviewing reports affects the bottom line.
This technical, structured course encompasses all aspects of writing a corporate report or communication. The participant learns the skills and tricks of the trade to evaluate and achieve everything necessary to write a comprehensive report. Working through a matrix of critical thinking and language skills arranged in order of sequential importance, the course offers information on how the writer makes decisions, but avoids telling the participant what to write or how to speak. These are decisions for the writer to make, and in this course, the participant will learn how to achieve desired results. We teach guidelines â€“ not rules â€“ for writing!
A combination of classroom lecture and discussion, as well as the use of hands-on case study will provide participants with the opportunity to apply the processes, tools, and techniques presented in the class and to meet the following learning objectives.
On completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:
ï‚· Evaluate report objectives, data to be included, the audience for the report
ï‚· Understand how reports should be planned and structured.
ï‚· Translate ideas into effective written documents.
ï‚· Use clear, concise and powerful language that is persuasive, if necessary.
ï‚· Write and turn-around technical documents more efficiently to meet deadlines.
ï‚· Use techniques to review and edit documents more effectively.
ï‚· Identify and avoid common pitfalls in report writing.
ï‚· Refer to a seminar-supplied writing guide for continuing improvement.
ï‚· Present and sell ideas through writing more effectively.
ï‚· Apply skills learned to all corporate communications (written and oral, including presentations) for government applications, client reports and management reports.
ï‚· Evaluate liability risks associated with written documents, hence writing reports that protect corporate interests.
Who Should Attend
This course will benefit all professionals whose work involves corporate communication through writing and who would like to develop skills for delivering a clear, concise message including: senior leadership, writers, supervisors, and those professionals responsible for editing, reviewing and approving peersâ€™ writing. Industry fields for which this course would be of interest include engineers, geoscientists, environment, safety, law, and human resources.
-Thinking Well and Writing Clearly
-Writing with Increased confidence
-Seven Guiding Principles to Improve the Writing Process
-Text as Half the Dialogue
The Contekst Method for Report Writing
-Five Text Levels
-The Three Câ€™s: Correspondence, Consistency and Correctness
-Integrating Matrix Qualitative Criteria into the Writing Process.
Case Study: The White Dot Â©
ï‚· Competitive advantage. A positive outcome is more likely from a well-written, well-thought out technical report that is easier to read and comprehend.
ï‚· Enhanced skill sets resulting in better technical reports. For writers and reviewers, there will be less frustration with the writing and editing processes.
ï‚· The bottom line â€“ through improved efficiencies in time spent writing and editing reports, corporations may realize a better rate of return on projects.
ï‚· Clear, concise, accurate reports reduce liability risk. In the corporate world, misunderstandings, inaccuracies, or inappropriate or misleading information presented in a report can lead to liability risks.
ï‚· Improved employee morale and a corporate commitment to professional development and continuous improvement.