How to Develop Good Report Writing Skills

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This course will assist all public servants in the essential skills of report writing. It is designed as an introduction to those new to report writing, as well as a refresher for those who are seeking to improve their report writing skills. The course aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to become an excellent report writer.

Course Content

The course will cover in detail how to:  

  • define the purpose of the report
  • establish the nature of the report’s reader/s: what they know; what they don’t know
  • decide what to include
  • collect the information
  • sort, evaluate and assemble the relevant information
  • organise the order of presentation using subheadings
  • understand the strategic use of figures, charts and graphs
  • put it all together and draft the report
  • write the report in a clear, concise and appropriate manner                             

Course Outcomes

By the end of this course attendees should be able to:

  • produce reports that are succinct, to-the-point and crystal clear
  • gather and organise information effectively
  • structure information that makes it easy for readers to understand and act on
  • present complex information and issues in the simplest manner possible
  • make conclusions that are supported by the report’s evidence
  • produce appropriate and practical executive summaries
  • have more confidence in their ability to write good reports

Benefits to your organisation

  • have more confidence in your people to produce professional reports
  • spend less time trying to understand the contents and conclusions of reports submitted to you
  • have more confidence in the accuracy of reports and the correctness of their conclusions.

Benefits to you

  • know how to write complex information in a clear, concise way and have more confidence in your ability to write excellent reports
  • know how to write reports that are valued in your department and organisation
  • enjoy an enhanced reputation within your organisation as a person who can produce excellent reports.