- Business reports come in a variety of formats, can serve multiple purposes, and have diverse requirements. Because there is no one standard "business report", this course will help you understand general guidelines. Knowing this general information can give you the necessary knowledge to adapt to any specific report writing situation, with which you might be faced. So, how can you get the most from this course? First, understand that no one standard is correct. But being able to identify and adapt general report writing guidelines will help you make the correct decisions for your business report situation.
The second take-away, is having a complete formal business report from cover-to-cover, to analyze to see the big picture. A completed example of how all the individual components fit together. Another way to get the most from this course is to see how the basic report writing process can be applied to all situations. Whether the report is formal or informal, analytical or information, or special or periodic. Once you understand that process, then you can make the appropriate decisions based on your company's and your readers' preferences and expectations.
We will examine types of reports, the parts of reports, and how to write those various parts. Each report part will be illustrated, as its relationship to the entire report is discussed. So combine all those benefits into one. At the end of this course, you will understand how each step, stage, and part come together to produce a professional business report.
- 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.