Reports allow you to communicate key information to a selected audience. The most effective reports lead to better decision-making, strong organisational practices and increased productivity.

By equipping yourself with tried-and-tested planning, writing and editing techniques, you can establish standardised templates to successfully communicate a variety of information.

Attend this Producing Effective Reports course, led by communications specialist Sue Calthorpe, to gain the necessary skills and techniques to save time and write reports that achieve real results.

Blog: Q & A with Sue Calthorpe on Effective Report Writing
Ahead of our upcoming Effective Report Writing course, we spoke to communications specialist Susan Calthorpe. She trains many high-profile private and public sector organisations to enhance their communications skills through writing reports and official documents. Susan works with organisations and individuals to improve their written communications skills. She worked as a regional and national newspaper journalist before setting up a full-service communications company, now established for 30 years.

Her recent clients include Legal & General, HSBC, BRIT, the Law Society, the Civil Aviation Authority, Express Medicals Ltd, the Intellectual Property Office and the Office for National Statistics.She has also worked with many government departments and has recently undertaken particular projects with the Home Office, HMRC, HMT, MOD, DfID, the FCO, the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Insolvency Service.

Read our Q & A blog here: Q & A with Sue Calthorpe on Effective Report Writing

09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:30

The Basics of Effective Report Writing

  • Effective structures
  • The POWER principles
  • The needs of the reader
  • Layered structures of mixed audiences
10:30 - 11:00

Report Writing Workshop I: Planning

  • Discover planning tools and frameworks
  • Develop techniques to maintain a clear and coherent structure
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Report Writing Workshop II: Structure

  • Identify your key audience
  • Write for your intended audience
  • Understand how to group different types of information
  • Learn how to effectively present information
  • Gain best practice techniques to avoid ‘information overload’
12:00 - 12:45

Report Writing Workshop III: Presenting Data

  • Learn the best methods to visualise data
  • Utilise charts and other visuals to enhance the presentation of your data
  • Use data to enhance the impact of your report
12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 16:00

Report Writing Workshop IV: Editing Reports

  • Learn the most effective editing techniques
  • Spot and reduce grammatical errors
  • Practise separating ‘must know’ from ‘could know’  to create concise and readable reports
  • Using a range of real life materials, delegates will edit a document and create an effective, well-structured report for critique by other participants
  • Flexible coffee break taken to break up the session
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Sue Calthorpe

Media & Communications Specialist

Susan is an experienced communications professional who trains a number of high-profile organisations to enhance their communication, through writing in a more business critical way to writing more effective reports.

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9-10 Portland Pl

02086 168008

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