Planning, Organizing, and Writing Effective Reports

Duration: 60 Minutes
Good communication planning involves identifying the audience, purpose, medium, and occasion of the communication. Planning a report can be made easier by following the PQRST approach: making sure the Purpose of the report is clear, identifying important physical Qualities of the finished report, understanding the information needs of Readers, understanding the Setting in which the report will be read and used, and defining the breadth and depth of the Topic to be addressed. By organizing the report around the flow of information through the organization, writers can improve how they think about the report and can write reports that better meet the organization's needs. Finally, using techniques to improve the processes of planning, drafting, revising, and polishing, writers can produce reports faster and better.
Writing Reports
Instructor: Thomas A Lang
Product ID: 501199
Objectives of the Presentation
Participants will learn how to:
  • Plan a report
  • Organize a report
  • Identify and classify audiences
  • Analyze an audience's information needs
  • Write a single report for multiple audiences
  • Improve the process of writing a report
Why Should you Attend
Given the importance of report writing in companies across the spectrum, writing an effective report quickly and effectively can be an important skill for most upwardly mobile managers.

Areas Covered
  • Problems with report writing in industry
  • Qualities of an effective report
  • Identifying and defining the audiences for the report
  • Making arguments for fact, value, or policy
  • Common errors in writing reports
  • Ways to write a report more quickly
Who can Benefit
Anyone who writes reports as part of their job
  • Managers
  • Executives
  • Technicians
  • Researchers
  • Salespeople
  • Compliance officers
  • Consultants
  • Accountants
Topic Background
Many executives, professionals, and managers spend between 30% and 60% of their day reading, writing, and responding to e-mails. In some surveys, 60% of companies report that they "frequently" or "almost always" rely on technical and formal reports to operate. Being able to write an effective report quickly is an indispensable skill for most managers and executives.
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Instructor Profile:
Tom Lang, MA, is an international consultant and trainer in medical communications. Formerly Manager of Medical Editing Services at the Cleveland Clinic, he has long been involved in developing reporting standards for evidence-based medicine, including the CONSORT and PRISMA groups. His books, How to Report Statistics in Medicine and How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences are standard references in medical writing. He has received teaching awards from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Statistical Association, and the University of Chicago. His master's degree is in Communications Management (focus on scientific publications) from the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism at the University of Southern California.
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