Business communication: Writing Reports and Proposals European Arab Institute for Management & Technology

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.

Pre-assignment: Bring a sample of a report you have done for critiquing, as well as information you will use to write an upcoming report or proposal.

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 proofread your work so you can feel confident it is clear, concise, complete and correct
  • To provide an opportunity to apply these skills in real work applications.

Introductions. Learning Objectives and Pre-assignment (Discuss general preparation for workshop and type of report/proposal each participant will be working with Making writing clear, complete, concise and correct 

  • Planning your report
  • Investigation
  • Resources
  • Search strategies
  • Citing sources
  • Rules of evidence
  • Planning sequence
  • Purpose
  • Audience
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Format
  • Direct
  • Indirect
  • Evidence
  • Organization
  • Remember PAFEO
  • Main elements of a report
  • Introduction
  • Body/discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Recommendations
  • Sequencing information
  • Chronological
  • Order of importance
  • Problem and solution
  • Least to most
  • Other
  • Parts ot a Formal Report
  • Rules tor headings
  • Major heading
  • Sub heading
  • Secondary sub heading
  • Headings as signposts
  • Tables and graphs
  • Types
  • Points to remember
  • Outlining Your Report
  • Brainstorming
  • Mind mapping
  • Post-it notes
  • Six Thinking Hats.
  • Checklist for Revision
  • Facts
  • Length
  • Style
  • Organization
  • The Ten Steps of Proposal Writing
  • The acid test
  • A strategy
  • To inform
  • To persuade
  • Steps to persuade
  • Credibility
  • Expertise
  • Objectivity
  • Tough questions
  • Review
  • Personal Action Plan
  • Evaluations

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