The contemporary workplace requires all staff to have, as a priority, excellent written communication with internal and external stakeholders, because every message you send creates a perception. The ability to write reports and proposals so that you achieve your communication objectives is a skill that enhances your professional credibility, and benefits the whole organisation.
This workshop provides you with key report and proposal writing skills which will enable you to write audience-centred documents that include the right amount of detail, express information in a clear and coherent manner, and allow informed decision-making to occur.
The workshop is designed to be practical, interactive and stimulating. In order to maximise the effectiveness of the training, we ask you to bring non-commercially sensitive samples of your workplace writing and a laptop to practise new writing skills in the workshop.
By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the key components of the business writing process including audience analysis and information order
- recognise how to connect with your target audience
- write component parts of reports, proposals and business cases
- convey complex and/or technical ideas and information in appropriate language and format
- classify information, and structure and present your information to achieve your communication purpose
- use the appropriate writing style and conventions to express your ideas and acknowledge cited references using APA style
- use self-editing and proofreading techniques to improve accuracy
- evaluate samples of your own workplace writing and that of others, to gain confidence in the preparation and writing of these documents, and give relevant peer-review comments.
- Understanding audience analysis and target your message appropriately
- Planning and writing workplace documents including reports, business cases, proposals and covering letters
- Integrating primary data and secondary sources logically, accurately and persuasively
- Use of a clear, logical structure that achieves coherence and internal cohesion
- Using a reader-friendly writing style which is clear and correct, and meets the needs of the audience
- Applying appropriate writing conventions and referencing styles
- Editing your report and peer-review techniques
- "Very useful course run under trying conditions (post-earthquake)."
- "This has been very useful, a lot of useful ideas to work on. There will be more thought by me as I try to include these in my work."
- "Thanks very much. I appreciate your professional approach."