Report writing

‘A very enjoyable and informative course. Lots of practical examples and exercises.’
Kevin Callaghan, BP

Course at-a-glance:

  • Report-writing course for groups of four or more delegates.
  • Tailored exactly to your sector, readership and needs.
  • Run on your premises, wherever you are in the world.
  • One-day programme, but length can also be tailored to your needs.
  • Post-course coaching available, to really make your team’s new skills stick.
  • Practical, small-group writing training that engages and inspires. No PowerPoint; no lectures.
Want information quickly? Call us on +44 (0)1273 732 888 for expert advice on how best to address your team’s report-writing challenges.

Recent clients

Recent clients we’ve run customised report-writing courses for include:

RBS

RBS: Report-writing course

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Knight Frank: Effective report writing

BBC

BBC: Better reports at BBC TV Licensing

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BP: Business report-writing course

Course content

On a typical one-day course, your team will learn how to:

  • put key messages up front
  • build a logical structure
  • engage their audience and build rapport
  • make their reports much more readable
  • use correct grammar and punctuation
  • use an appropriate level of language
  • incorporate your organisation’s tone of voice.
Please note that this is only a sample outline. The course we deliver will be tailored to the reports your team writes.

Download a PDF about this course, including a sample course outline, or call us on +44 (0)1273 732 888 to find out more.

Tailoring the Report-writing course to your needs

We know that every client is unique, so we’ll focus on the kinds of reports you want your organisation to write. We’ll also establish the tone of voice that’s most appropriate to your organisation and industry or sector.

Armed with this information, we’ll work with our specialist course developers to customise your report-writing course with relevant examples and exercises.
We’re here to help. Call us on +44 (0)1273 732 888, or send us a message, for expert advice on how best to address your team’s report-writing challenges.

Course delivery

We can train as few as four people, or work with your entire company or organisation.

Our trainers love to travel. So don’t worry about getting to us: we’ll come to you and run the course on your premises, wherever you are in the world.

We also know that running courses can be a daunting task. So our experienced, dedicated operations team will work with you each step of the way, to ensure that everyone is where they need to be and that everything runs to schedule.

What people are saying about this course:

‘It was a very enjoyable and informative course. Lots of practical examples and exercises.’

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Kevin Callaghan BP

‘Very interactive course, making it interesting and easy to learn from.’

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Matt Cooper BP

‘Very useful for monthly reports. The trainer kept the day interesting and made everyone included.’

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Sophie Belson Natural England

‘All of the course was useful, relevant and well discussed.’

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Jane Piccaver Natural England

‘The course material is very good; useful information to keep for future reference.’

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Natalie Luck London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

‘All of the course is useful. I would recommend it to everyone who has to prepare documents, from basic emails to comprehensive reports.’

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Nadia Jackson London Borough of Lambeth

‘Excellent content, clearly delivered.’

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John Rogers Cobham

Individual analysis, for individual delegates

Everybody has their own writing issues and particular areas they can most benefit from improving. Our proprietary writing analysis is a unique way of measuring those differences.

Before the course, we’ll analyse a section of a report from every delegate. (We can use another document if they are new to report writing.) Then we’ll produce a graph to show each person their strengths and weaknesses. This is a detailed tool, covering fifteen key writing areas – everything from using the active voice to grammar and punctuation.

This means your team members won’t have to self-diagnose and work out what to improve first. Instead, we’ll show them exactly what to focus on for the quickest results.

Read more about our writing analysis.

Specialist trainers

All our trainers are specialists with up to thirty years’ professional writing experience. We use only our own trainers; we never farm work out to associates.

Each has graduated from our Trainers Academy, completing a rigorous course to learn how best to pass on their knowledge. This can take as long as six months and culminates in an assessed training course, in which their performance as a trainer is judged by one of our most experienced consultants. All of this ensures that they can combine their in-depth knowledge with the ability to engage your team and inspire them to make lasting changes.

Meet our trainers

After the course

We won’t leave your team on their own after the initial course. In fact, it’s just the start of their learning. Every participant will get a year’s support, through access to our helpline. Every month, we will also send them practical advice, videos, quizzes and tips on how to improve their writing at work. This ensures that what they learn on a course stays fresh in their minds, so they can build on their new knowledge.

Coaching clinics

Our post-course coaching clinics are an ideal way of ensuring your team’s new business-writing skills stick.

First, we’ll analyse a sample of every team member’s writing using our unique writing analysis (see, above), so they can see how their writing skills have improved. (This also allows you to review how far your team has improved since the course.)

Then our expert writing trainer will work with each team member one-to-one, tackling any remaining issues and further improving the confidence and abilities of everyone on your team.

Costs and pricing

As each course is different, prices vary according to the size of your team and your specific training needs. Please call us on +44 (0)1273 732 888 to learn more.

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Call +44 (0)1273 732 888 or send us a message for expert advice on how best to help your team write better documents.