- After you or your team has been tasked…with a case to analyze or a problem to solve,…one of the first things that should be created…is a work plan.…The work plan usually has five basic sections:…the problem or situation…that created the need for the report,…the purpose of your specific report,…how you propose to collect the data,…a tentative outline,…and a time schedule.…The work plan can be presented as a preliminary peek…into the report's direction.…
If multiple people are working on the report,…this work plan helps make certain that everyone understands…the problem and the purpose,…what questions need to be answered,…and by when each stage or step needs to be completed.…For our report, the work plan's problem…is that Williams' sales are falling…because it's having difficulty competing…with online retailers.…Once the problem is established,…then the report's purpose must be clear.…The purpose can be worded as a question or as a statement.…What strategic plan will increase Williams' online sales?…Or, the purpose of this report is to develop…
- Differentiate between formal and informal reports.
- Write an effective transmittal.
- Identify when to use an appendix and what to include.
- Cite the purpose of a tentative outline and create one for a report.
- Clarify and emphasize data with report graphics.
- Distinguish between primary and secondary research.
- Explain how to incorporate graphics in a report.
- Write a tentative outline.
Skill Level Intermediate
Business Writing Principleswith Judy Steiner-Williams1h 32m Beginner
Writing Recommendationswith Judy Steiner-Williams10m 52s Intermediate
1. Examining Types of Business Reports
2. Exploring the Parts of a Report
3. Preparing to Write
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