Bell Amethyst

Typical Courses

Reports

We sometimes need heavyweight written documents - especially when a mass of data and detail must be reported and recorded to support a basic message.   Nothing else can do the job of complex communication, often to a wide and varied readership, as effectively as the written report.

Many reports are poor - hard work to read, dull, at worst incomprehensible.   They risk being misunderstood or ignored and they do little for their writers' reputations and credibility.

People who must produce heavyweight documents - technical reports, project reports, management proposals - need to know how to approach the task of shaping and writing them.

Typical course objectives

  • The function of reports:  what they can and can't reasonably be expected to do.
  • Shaping reports - giving them a structure that works for both readers and writer.
  • How to approach the job:  the stages of preparation, writing and production of a heavyweight document.
  • Producing a single definitive document that still meets the different needs of a wide variety of readers.
  • Producing different kinds of reports.
  • Incorporating charts, diagrams and illustrations of all kinds to take the pressure off the reading of the written word.
  • Writing clear English - layout, sentence length, punctuation, grammar and such other tactical matters of writing as particular groups of participants need.
  • Catering for print or screen presentation.

Results

  • Confident, readable reports.
  • Time-saving for the readers.   Reports which give them quick, clear access to the facts and justifying evidence that they need to see and judge.
  • Consequently:  properly-informed decision-making and better decision-making.
  • Time-saving for the writers, knowing how to approach the task of producing good, effective reports.
  • Reports which do justice to the knowledge, experience and expertise of their originators. 

Course duration

One or two full working days

Typical group size

Up to twelve people with a single course leader.

Location

Courses usually run on or near the client organisation's premises.