How to Write Reports and Proposals: A Self-Paced Training Program

How to Write Reports and Proposals: A Self-Paced Training Program

How to Write Reports and Proposals: A Self-Paced Training Program

How to Write Reports and Proposals: A Self-Paced Training Program

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Writing reports and proposals that document, inform or propose action is an important part of your job. Whether you're presenting the results of a research study describing a process or procedure, recommending a course of action, or providing facts to support a request, you need to write clearly so that readers understand each and every point.To write that clearly takes time and attention. Here are some reasons:

• You often have so much information that it's hard to know where to begin, how to decide which facts and ideas to include, and how to organize the information

• There are likely to be many readers, with different needs for information and different levels of knowledge about the subject

• Several people might be involved in the writing process, which can mean that the document requires substantial editing to conform writing styles

In this course, you'll learn a step-by-step planning process to help you address some of these issues. This planning process has several advantages:

• It gives you a starting point—you'll always know what to do first when you begin a report or proposal

• It helps you decide what information must be included, what can be left out, and what can be placed in an attachment or appendix

• It ensures that the report or proposal provides the information your readers need, that they can follow your points, and that they can find details quickly

• It makes it easier for teams to write a cohesive document—after the group works together to develop the writing plan, individuals or small groups can develop the report sections.

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