A report is an exercise in persuasion.
This course gives you the skills to write persuasive and coherent reports. It will help you organise information and – more importantly – communicate powerful ideas to support decision-making. We shall work on how to make language work for us, and how to make reports look as good as they read.
The course is intensely practical. We shall be working on real reports throughout, combining this work with some practical exercises to highlight key tools and techniques. Participants are invited to bring to the course ideas for reports they are currently working on or have produced recently. Alternatively, they have the opportunity to work on an invented topic, as closely related to their work as possible.
The training focuses on two key areas: planning and editing.
Planning is the process of working out what we want to say in the report, and how we organise that material. The output of the planning phase is an outline, and we shall produce report outlines during the first half of the course. We also look at how to present graphic information.
Editing is the process of improving the style of our report. We develop a strategic approach to editing, working on paragraphs, sentences, and words, in that order. We explore methods of evaluating and measuring readability, as well as online tools for improving grammar, punctuation, and style.
This course is suitable for anyone who produces reports or similar reporting documents: briefings, business cases, and so on. It will be especially relevant for people who produce reports as part of strategic decision-making.
As a result of attending this course, participants will be able to:
The above training can be completely customised fit your exact organisational requirements. This means you can add your own specific work examples and case studies which makes the learning even more relevant and effective.
10:00 - 16:00
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Alan Barker is an associate of the Civil Service College and an accomplished training consultant, coach, and author with over 25 years of experience. Alan specialises in creativity and writing skills, providing comprehensive training in various aspects of professional writing.Read Bio
Alan Barker is an associate of the Civil Service College and an accomplished training consultant, coach, and author with over 25 years of experience. As a preferred supplier of training and coaching for the Greater London Authority (GLA), Alan specialises in creativity and writing skills, providing comprehensive training in various aspects of professional writing.
His extensive expertise covers business English, plain English, concise writing, report writing, strategic report writing, advanced report writing, technical report writing, writing for policy, copywriting, speechwriting, proofreading and editing skills, and minutes and agendas.
At CSC, Alan has conducted workshops for esteemed organizations such as GLA, Greater Manchester, and the Ministry of Justice. He has also delivered a public course on Concise Writing. Apart from his association with CSC, Alan is an Affiliate Professional of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, where he conducts a copywriting masterclass and a course on creativity for copywriters. As an associate of the European Speechwriter Network, Alan leads seminars on speechwriting.
Alan's impressive roster of client organizations spans multiple sectors, including local government, finance, culture, science, and the environment. Some notable clients include Alpha Real Capital, The British Museum, The British Science Association, The Environmental Protection Agency (United States), The House of Commons (London), and ICAEW (The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales).
With a deep understanding of the art and science of effective communication, Alan Barker continues to empower civil servants across industries, helping them sharpen their writing skills and unleash their creative potential
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