Preparing a Professional Report

Writing a report can sound like a lot of hard work. Unlike many other document styles, they are formal, comprehensive and full of factual information. More often than not, they are also used to underline a certain point or persuade people to a particular point of view. Arm yourself well however, and crafting a great report will come easily. The key to a good company report is all in the facts. Know exactly what it is you are trying to say and research the subject area well. Get hold of all the facts and figures you can that will back your argument up. Are there experts in the field who agree with your company’s viewpoint? Perhaps Government or even charity figures will help you prove your point. By gathering all the facts, your report is far more likely to be precise, up-to-date and most importantly, highly relevant. Have a think about what is most important part of the puzzle. What highlights your point the most? This information is what you will lead on. However remember not the dazzle the reader with to many graphs and figures. Intersperse your information throughout the document and you will keep the reader interesting for a lot longer. Remember too to acknowledge other points of view. You have to address everything that effects your report, not just the nice areas. This will give your argument weight and make it far more creditable as a piece of writing. Finally, know the style that your superiors/clients are looking for. Some will want facts and statements referenced while for others, the layout of the document will be far more important.

Stop Procrastinating & Start Writing

If you’ve been given the job of updating the company blog or newsletter even just knowing where to start can feel intimidating. We are all experts at putting things off. When a task looms large in our heads, it can sometimes feel easier to just ignore it and do something easier instead. All writers procrastinate. […]

How to Write Headlines

A quick heads up on why the words at the top matter. Headline writing is a true art form. Armed with just a few well chosen words you can convey a great deal within a matter of seconds. It’s no surprise then that with so much riding on headlines a lot of thought goes into their […]

My Top Writing Hates

Writing for a living can be very rewarding. Every day you create something new; bringing new ideas to life. But EVERYONE has little bugbears about their profession and writing is no exception. Now it goes without saying that I love what I do… but every so often I feel the need to count to ten. […]