Effective report writing

One-day in-house workshop

Writing reports is one of the most demanding tasks that we undertake at work. It is both a complicated technical skill and a subtle creative activity. The problem is that few of us have learned the essentials of this kind of writing.

The techniques that we were taught at school and university are not always appropriate at work. Reports are not the same as essays or dissertations; they are different kinds of documents and must be written differently. This one-day course sets out a step-by-step process for communicating clear messages to the people who need to read them.

Who is it for?

This course is primarily designed for managers and team members who wish to boost their writing confidence and know that the documents they write will be noticed and actioned. However, it will also be of interest to anyone who wants to communicate their written ideas concisely and clearly.

Learning approach

We deliver this course via a highly interactive programme which includes discussion, group/individual exercises, games and case studies.

We normally ask participants to prepare for the training by thinking of an idea for a simple report that they can work up during the session.


During this course you will learn how to:

  • Recognise aspects of good writing style and learn from the good and bad practices of others

  • Identify the consequences of sending out poor quality writing to clients and colleagues

  • Plan and structure reports for specific purposes

  • Avoid common grammatical errors in your writing

  • Produce a report which achieves its purpose and makes a positive impact on the reader

  • Use proof reading and review techniques to spot errors and inconsistencies in written material.


  • You are a reader too

  • What is a report?

  • Planning a report

  • Practical session

  • Writing your report, using plain English

  • Avoiding common grammatical errors

  • Practical session

  • Reviewing your report

  • Writing that means business

  • Action plan and evaluation

Audio books

If you can't attend a workshop event Jane Smith's audio book Effective Business Writing for Success offers many of the top tips and techniques from this training workshop.

Effective Business Writing for Success is available here from Audible.
A download of the book is included in the course pack we give to every workshop delegate.

More information and samples of Jane Smith's audio books here.