Centre for Continuing Education

Effective Business Report Writing Course

Business Communication. Sharpen your communication skills.


Business and management courses discount

From now until 30 June 2019, enrol in any two Business and management courses on our website and receive a 20% discount. These courses appear in the Business and management section of our website.

Once two courses are added to your shopping cart the discount will apply automatically. Enrolments made as part of this offer are non-refundable and this discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


A business report is a powerful communication tool. In 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, 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.

Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • plan your reports using the essential planning tools covered
  • organise your thinking into a clear, logical structure before beginning to write
  • write a clear, focused executive summary before starting on the report body
  • write the report body in line with your stated objectives
  • review for logical style and flow, plain English usage and correct style.

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.

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

Intended audience

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).

Materials

Please 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.

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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.
  • The tutor was wonderful - offered very practical advice and information to help transform the approach taken towards writing in business.