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, and writing techniques, you can establish standardised templates to successfully communicate a variety of information.

This Producing Effective Reports course gives you the skills to understand what your reader is looking for; the ability to plan and organise key information, and the confidence to write more effective reports.

Through hands on practical exercises and reviewing real-life examples, you will practise writing more effective reports, which will help you convey information in a more efficient way.

What previous delegates have said about Producing Effective Reports:

“Fantastic course would attend another date if this was longer, great presentation of content.” – Parking and Operations Manager, Tending District Council

“The trainer Sue was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging the course was very informative and provided real tools for us to use in order to produce purposeful and effective reports. I will definitely be recommending this course to colleagues.” – Science and Technology Facilities Council

About the Chair: Sue Calthorpe
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. Susan works with a wide number of public and private sector organisations to help improve writing skills and wider communications, with a range of training including production of communications strategies, face-to-face briefing, communicating complex information, presentation, media handling and key messaging and a variety of advanced writing and verbal presentation techniques.

Her recent clients include Aston Martin, Fujifilm, BP, LA Fitness, G4S, Hanover, Norfolk County Council, British Airways, Marks and Spencer, Devon County Council, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, The General Dental Council, the Wine Institute of California, Shelter and The Law Society. Find out more here.

09:15 - 09:45

Registration

09:45 - 10:30

The Basics of Effective Report Writing

  • Understanding the reader
  • The POWER principles
  • Producing a hierarchy of information for different readers
10:30 - 11:15

Report Writing Workshop I: Planning

  • Discover planning tools and frameworks
  • Develop techniques to help you identify relevant purpose and content
11:15 - 11:30

Morning Break

11:30 - 12:15

Report Writing Workshop II: Organising Information

  • Understand how to group different types of information
  • Learn how to effectively present information
  • Discuss reading patterns on paper and on screen to decide on the best layout for your work
  • Gain best practice techniques to focus on value not volume of information

Workshop III: Writing

  • A practical exercise in rewording and reordering
  • Providing feedback – a practical exercise in how to give and receive constructive, objective advice
12:45 - 13:30

Lunch

  • 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
13:30 - 16:00

Report Writing Workshop IV: Editing Reports

  • Learn the most effective and ruthless editing techniques
  • Using real life materials, delegates will edit a document and create an effective summary

Report Writing Workshop V: Reviewing Real-Life Materials

  • To embed today’s learning, participants will review real-life reports to quality assure them using some criteria discussed during the day’s course
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close

  • 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

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.

De Vere West One

9-10 Portland Place
Marylebone
London
W1B 1PR

02086 168008

Q: Can I make a provisional booking?

A: Unfortunately, we do not accept provisional bookings. Registrations are subject to our terms and conditions. View terms and conditions here

Q: Can I book without a purchase order number?

A: Yes. Simply email [email protected] after you have booked the course, with your Purchase Order Number. Please quote your order number and the course you are booked onto.

Q: Is lunch included?

A: Yes, a two-course hot buffet is served at lunch. Tea and coffee are served throughout the day.

Q: I have special dietary requirements, how can I request this?

A: Special dietary requirements can be catered for, please ensure you include this in the further information box when registering your place. If you have forgotten to add this, you can also send your requirements to [email protected] or call 0800 542 9440. Please let us know as soon as possible so we can ensure your needs are met.

Q: I have just registered for the course, when will I receive the joining instructions?

A: You will receive the joining instructions and reminders, 6 weeks, 2 weeks and 3 days before the course date. Please check your spam box to see whether the joining instructions were sent there, if not please call 0800 542 9440 so we can have these sent to you immediately.

Q: I can no longer attend the course, can a colleague attend in my place?

A: Substitutions may be made at any time but must be made no later than 48 hours prior to the event. Please call 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected] with the replacement's details.

Q: What is your cancellation policy?

A: Cancellations must be received in writing 30 working days before the date of the event and will be subject to a £195+VAT administration fee. Cancellations received after this time will be subject to the full delegate fee.

Q: Why haven’t I received the speaker’s presentation?

A: Speakers presentations are sent a week after the event date. Please contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or [email protected] if it has been more than a week.

Q: Will there be WI-FI?

A: Yes, all our venues have the latest technology, offer full audio visual support and WI-FI.

Q: Can’t find what you are looking for?

A: Why not contact a member of the UMG team on 0800 542 9440 or email [email protected]