Centre for Continuing Education

Effective Business Report Writing Course

Business Communication. Sharpen your communication skills.

Learn Business Communication the smart way with Business Communication courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

A business report is a powerful communication tool, and at this business report writing course, you’ll learn how to apply timeless report-writing principles to any scenario. Whether you write annual reports or board reports, thought leadership reports or marketing reports, operational reports or business submissions, your audience is pressed for time. They need to know the key points quickly. You’ll learn to craft each report around a concise high-level message, supported by logically ordered support points. You’ll learn how to decide how little or how much technical detail to include, what to do about business jargon, and what to do when new facts force you to change the report angle.

This immersive course builds on the essential learnings of Business Writing 1, and can be taken on its own or in conjunction with that course.

Course outcomes

Even if you already have a report-writing system, or you use templates, the details of writing business reports can still be daunting. For example, persuading readers with different values to see your point, or building logical bridges between support points.

At this business reports course, you’ll learn how. By the end of this business report writing course, participants will be able to craft reports by following the five key steps discussed:

  1. Plan their reports using the essential planning tools we cover
  2. Organise their thinking into a clear, logical structure before beginning to write
  3. Write a clear, focused executive summary before starting on the report body
  4. Write the report body in line with their stated objectives
  5. Review for logical style and flow, plain English usage and correct style.

Course content

  • Planning – The main planning tools (objectives, audience, context and constraints); establishing the focus of your report.
  • Organising – Brainstorming the support points; putting your ideas into order; creating content hierarchies that help readers navigate the document.
  • Writing executive summary – Writing an executive summary with the key components; setting up the body of the document.
  • Writing report body – Logical argumentation styles (inductive, deductive, proof); the three elements of persuasion (logic, emotion, credibility); what to write at the end.
  • Reviewing – The four stages of review: double-checking for content; keeping a clear, navigable structure; checking for plain English usage; proofreading for style, grammar and formatting.

Participants are welcome to bring any reports-in-progress as the basis for our writing exercises, and for discussion and feedback.

Intended Audience

This business writing course is aimed at mid-career or senior professionals who need to write balanced and thorough reports – either to persuade, inform or request an outcome.

It assumes good skills in written English, with an understanding of linguistic terms and business processes. If you are a non-native English speaker, you may want to take the Business Writing 1 course first, or browse our English language courses in various specific and general topics.

Delivery Style

Learning methods include open discussions, group exercises and individual response to mini tests throughout the day. Several of the exercises are intended for you to plan, organise and draft elements of an actual report you are working on (or a fictional exercise if you prefer). Bring a laptop, or be prepared to write a page or two of handwriting.

Features

  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Statement of completion

What others say.

  • Great day! Excellent structure and content, and an excellent tutor. I was also lucky to attend on a day on which a lovely group of supportive people were also doing the course. The bonus was the excellent food. The best thing was it gave us all an opportunity to sit together and talk. Can’t fault CCE. Thank you.

  • I enjoyed this course and the opportunity to brush up on somewhat rusty use of grammar and structure. It is always good to have a reminder once a decade!

  • The course delivered what it stated it would. The class activities and resource material is relevant, useful and promotes continued education. Doing this course has empowered and equipped me to actively develop and improve my report writing skills.

  • The tutor was terrific. I found that she engaged all of the participants and explained all information clearly and effectively.

$414 Limited GST free
Effective Business Report Writing Course

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$414 Limited GST free
Effective Business Report Writing Course

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$414 Limited GST free
Effective Business Report Writing Course

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