The Skill and Art of Business Writing: An Everyday Guide and Reference

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CHAPTER 12
Three Diverse Reports

Styles and Outlines
Reports can be formal or informal. An informal report can be a long memo, a letter or other organized composition. The length can vary from one to several pages. Formal reports can range from a few pages to bound documents exceeding a hundred pages. They may include a title page, a transmittal letter, a table of contents, a list of tables, a glossary, a statement of the problem, a conclusion and details supporting the conclusion. Detailed calculations, charts, graphs, illustrations and lists may be included with the detailed section or in a separate appendix.Textbooks describing formal reports are available from bookstores and libraries. Here we will discuss and illustrate three variations of informal reports.Before a report is written, certain steps should be taken:
1. Determine the purpose of the report.
2. Determine the scope of the report.
3. Determine the information sources.
4. Organize the data.
5. Outline the data in a logical order.
Whether reporting a telephone conversation, a basketball game, a procedure, a meeting or a recommendation, the following general outline is recommended:
1. State the problem and reasons for the report.
2. Give the conclusions and recommendations.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • How This Book Will Help You Write Clearly ix
  • Chapter 1 - Understandable Sentences 1
  • Chapter 2 - Action in Sentences 26
  • Chapter 3 - Order in Sentences 54
  • Chapter 4 - Positive Sentences 87
  • Chapter 5 - Words in Sentences 109
  • Chapter 6 - Sensible Paragraphs 144
  • Chapter 7 - Topics of Paragraphs 167
  • Chapter 8 - Tie It All Together 182
  • Chapter 9 - Composition Techniques 207
  • Chapter 10 - Why Spelling? 232
  • Chapter 11 - Punctuate It This Way 251
  • Chapter 12 - Three Diverse Reports 270
  • Chapter 13 - Confusing Words Clarified 286
  • Chapter 14 - Glossary of Terms 319
  • Bibliography 341
  • Index 345
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