- All successful business documents require planning.…The standard writing plan is prewrite, write, and rewrite.…Part of the prewriting is to develop a tentative outline.…This tentative outline is merely a starting place…to help you decide areas…that need to be researched thoroughly.…It's usually included as…one of the five parts of the work plan.…Identify questions your reader will want answered…in the final report.…The reader will certainly want to know…what you conclude and recommend to solve the problem,…why you think that solution is a strong one,…and how it will be implemented,…including a timeline and marketing options.…
The fact that this is a tentative outline…means it will change as you…research and refine your project.…So, view it as a flexible, ongoing prewriting guide.…You may have some prior knowledge of the area…you've been asked to analyze,…and you may have done some preliminary reading…or a limited research to help you understand…the overall business problem which you've been given.…Incorporating these basic ideas…
- 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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