- You've probably heard the saying, sometimes credited…to Confucius, that a picture is worth a thousand words.…Whether that is true partially…depends on what is being depicted.…Generally, visual aids supplement…the writing, they don't replace the words.…But graphics can certainly play a key role…in a business report by helping clarify or emphasize…the point you are trying to make.…Even though a visual should not be used…just to provide a physical break in the report,…breaking up text-heavy copy is certainly…a fringe benefit of including graphics.…
If I gave you a choice of two reports to read…and one contained visuals and one didn't,…I'm almost positive that both you and I…would select the one with pictures.…If you've ever read paragraph after paragraph of statistics,…you may have been confused or overwhelmed.…But if all those numbers are put in a table,…they are easier to comprehend or if someone's…giving you statistics to emphasize how sales…have trended in the past five years, you may not…be able to grasp the impact in words.…
- 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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