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Writing Reports and Proposals

Course length:  1-day

 

Course Description

It is essential to understand how to write reports and proposals that get read.  We write reports in a range of formats and a variety of purposes.  Whether you need to report on a product analysis, inventory, feasibility studies, or something else, report writing is a skill you will use again and again.

Having a method to prepare these documents will help you be as efficient as possible with the task.  This course will build on a solid base of writing skills to present information in formal, informal, and proposal styles.  You will also learn about persuasive language in order to get noticed and increase buy in.

 

Prerequisites

CCT’s Professional Writing for Business:  Style, Editing, Grammar and Proof Reading is recommended or equivalent knowledge.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Prepare reports and proposals that inform, persuade, and provide information
  • Review your work so that it is clear, concise, complete, and correct
  • Apply these skills in real work applications

Course Outline

Lesson 1:  Introduction and Purpose of The Four Stages of Report Writing

  • Investigating
  • Planning
  • Writing
  • Revising

Lesson 2:  Investigating

  • Gathering information
  • Guidelines to ensure accuracy

Lesson 3:  Planning – Learn how to plan a report based on information gathered during the first stage

Lesson 4:  Writing

  • Clear
  • Concise
  • Complete
  • Correct

Lesson 5:  Revising

  • Spelling
  • Grammar

Lesson 6:  Using Headings

Lesson 7:  Including Charts and Graphs

Lesson 8:  The Proposal

  • Exam how a proposal is different than a report
  • Ten steps to successful proposal writing

Lesson 9:  Persuasion

  • Finishing touches for a report
  • Necessary steps in the persuasion process
  • Design your message
  • Dealing with tough questions

Lesson 10:  Giving Credit

  • Documentation methods
  • Styles

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