Professional Development Courses

Writing Reports & Proposals
One Day - Instructor-led

This workshop is intended to help you prepare professional reports and proposals. As a manager at any level in business, government, or industry, you must write reports to explain things or to present your research findings. You may also write proposals to convince others of the value of some course of action.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn the value of good written communications
  • To develop paragraphs that introduce, connect, develop and conclude some part of an idea
  • To prepare reports and proposals that inform, persuade and provide information
  • To learn how to proof read your work feeling confident it is clear, concise, complete and correct
  • To provide an opportunity to apply these skills in real work applications.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introductions and Learning Objectives

Lesson 2: Making writing clear, complete, concise and correct

Lesson 3: Planning your report

  • Investigation
  • Resources
  • Search strategies
  • Citing sources
  • Rules of evidence

Lesson 4: Planning sequence

  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Format
  • Direct
  • Indirect
  • Evidence
  • Organization
  • Remember PAFEO

Lesson 5: Main elements of a report

  • Introduction
  • Body/discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations

Lesson 6: Sequencing information

  • Chronological
  • Order of importance
  • Problem and solution
  • Least to most
  • Other

Lesson 7: Parts of a Formal Report

  • Rules for headings

Lesson 8: Tables and Graphs

  • Types
  • Points to remember

Lesson 9: Outlining Your Report

  • Brainstorming
  • Mind mapping
  • Post-it notes
  • Six Thinking Hats

Lesson 10: Checklist for Revision

  • Facts
  • Length
  • Style
  • Organization

Lesson 11: The Ten Steps of Proposal Writing

  • The Acid test

Lesson 12: A Strategy

  • To inform
  • To persuade

Lesson 13: Steps to persuade

  • Credibility
  • Expertise
  • Objectivity

Lesson 14: Personal Action Plan