- Will your business report need an appendix,…or if more than one item, the plural appendices?…Probably.…How do you determine if an appendix is necessary?…Ask questions such as, "Do I have information…"that is not essential to explain my findings,…"but that supports my overall analysis?"…"Information that my reader might want to see,…"but not at the moment he is actually reading the report?"…One example of information that could be included…in an appendix is summary graphics or visuals,…a visual that doesn't support a specific body section,…but shows the summary of all the statistical data…in the report, and maybe in an easy-to-read table.…
For example, in the report body might be a chart…comparing the sales in four branch stores…as representative examples of the north, south,…east, and west.…But the reader might want to see more…than these four locations that you're analyzing.…So sales for all branches could be…provided in a table placed in the appendix.…You might even include a map showing all the locations…
- 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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