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Writing better reports


Writing better reports

Well-written reports deliver information that is: 

  • Concise and clear 
  • Easily understood 
  • Helpful to decision-makers. 

With practical exercises and examples this course will build on your skills to make you a more confident writer. It will help you to think and plan before you write so you can choose the best style and structure to get your message across. 

We will cover: 

  • Knowing what you want to say
    Understanding your audience and being clear about your purpose to help you identify your key messages. 
  • Choosing the best tone and structure
    Using your messages to create a logical structure and find the right style for your report. 
  • Presenting information effectively
    Being relentlessly clear is the best way to gain understanding. We will clarify what plain English is and how to use it, as well as how to summarise and use graphs, tables and charts well. 

Bring a recent report (or one from your to-do list) to reflect on throughout the day. You’ll be able to apply what you learn directly to this example. This will help you to feel confident about putting your new skills to use. 

Who should attend? 

Everyone who wants to improve their report writing skills, including leaders, managers and team leaders. 

Our trainer

Caroline Oubridge started out making community programmes for BBC local radio before working in press and communications for national charities for over 15 years. She's a strong believer in straightforward communication and now specialises in training and advising organisations on how to explain who they are, what they do and why it matters. Caroline always delivers training that is informative, enjoyable and practical.

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This course will also be running in Bristol, Leeds, Cambridge and Manchester.

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Price per delegate

1 delegate: £275.00 *
2 delegates: £250.00 *
3+: £225.00 *

Members of any HQN network:
1 delegate: £250.00 *
2 delegates: £225.00 *
3+: £200.00 *

*Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

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Cancellations and substitutions:

A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

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