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Professional Report Writing
Professional Report Writing


The best solution for Report Writing Training Courses

A hands-on one-day course with free pre-course online skills testing
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Full details of modules and topics covered in this one-day course


This is a one-day training course structured into 8 modules


This internsibe, practical, one-day course looks at the various aspects of both planning and writing professional reports. By looking at the anticipated audience, the course focuses on how to prepare reports that will match up to, and exceed, the expectations of the reader.

It will teach you to plan, design and write a structured report, ensuring that only suitable content is included, and that the argument provided is logical and provides suitable calls to action.


This course is suitable for anybody that either anticipates having to write reports in the future, or is already having to produce reports and is looking to improve.

Delegates may find that they are operating within 3 main spheres, namely the academic environment, a commercial environment, or one that aims for various reasons at influencing policymakers, such as lobbyists.

MODULE 1:  Introduction and Course Overview
MODULE 2:  What is a Report?
Learning outcomes:
To clearly define what a report is, and to list the key aspects that define a report
Topics covered:
  • The Definition of a Report
  • 9 Key Aspects of a Report
MODULE 3:  How to Structure a Report Professionally
Learning outcomes:
To outline the structure that a professional report should be built around, and the appropriate order of appearance
Topics covered:
  • An Abstract or Executive Summary
  • A Table of Contents
  • The Introduction
  • A Literature Review
  • Methodology
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Summary
MODULE 4:  What Makes a Good Report
Learning outcomes:
To list the essential criteria that make up a good report, based on reader expectations
Topics covered:
  • Objectivity
  • Accuracy
  • Directness
  • Criticality
  • Appropriateness
  • Sound Logic
  • On Time!
MODULE 5:  5 Common Complaints about Reports
Learning outcomes:
To investigate the 5 most common causes of complaints about reports, and how to avoid making them
Topics covered:
  • Not answering the brief
  • Poor Structure
  • Inadequate Content
  • Wrong Kind of Results
  • Unnecessary Use of Jargon
MODULE 6:  A Checklist for Successful Reports
Learning outcomes:
To provide a checklist to use before submitting a report to ensure it is of a good quality
Topics covered:
  • Does the report answer the original brief?
  • Does the report answer the needs of the reader?
  • Is the material presented in relevant and logical sections?
  • Is everything correctly and clearly labelled?
  • Are all graphs and tables explained properly?
  • Does all content relate to the stated objectives?
  • Is the report jargon free?
  • Have you proof read the report before submitting?
MODULE 7:  How to Plan Your Report
Learning outcomes:
To provide a step by step guide to producing good quality reports that will be well received
Topics covered:
  • Fully understanding the brief
  • Visualising who the reader will be
  • Creating the structure of the report
  • Obtaining or producing the data
  • Analysing the data and information
  • Arriving at a conclusion, with a call to action
  • Writing the report
  • Using the checklist to appraise and edit the report
  • Submitting the report
MODULE 8:  Your Personal Action Plan

Basic Principles of Business Writing

[Duration: one day]

Basic Principles of Business Writing

  • Course Introduction and Overview
  • Why Write?
  • The Five C's of Writing
  • Word Agreement
  • Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • Readability Index
  • My Writing: What's My Style?
  • Whats My Style?
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Advanced Principles of Business Writing

[Duration: one day]

Advanced Principles of Business Writing

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Practical Language
  • Inclusive Language
  • Parallel Sentence Construction
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling and Proofreading
  • Writing Business Letters
  • Writing Reports
  • Writing Memos
  • E-Mail Etiquette
  • Writing Challenges
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Minute Taking Made Easy

[Duration: one day]

Minute Taking Made Easy

  • Course Introduction and Overview
  • The Role of a Minute Taker
  • The Skills of a Minute Taker
  • Meeting Agreements
  • Minutes Styles
  • Techniques for Preparing Minutes
  • Taking Minutes in an Interactive Meeting
  • The Minute Book
  • Developing Your Minute Taking Skills
  • Your Personal Action Plan

Business Writing Basics 1 (Half Day)

[Duration: half day]

Business Writing Basics 1 (Half Day)

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • The Five C's of Writing
  • Sentences and Paragraphs
  • Active and Passive Voice
  • My Writing: What's My Style?

Business Writing Basics 2 (Half Day)

[Duration: half day]

Business Writing Basics 2 (Half Day)

  • Introduction and Course Overview
  • Word Agreement
  • The Readability Index
  • Practical Language
  • Inclusive Language
  • Parallel Sentence Construction
  • Punctuation
  • Spelling and Proofreading



Megan Troth, Feb 23 2017
Course rating of 5 stars "The trainer Stuart was brilliant, he made the course really interesting and he was very knowledgeable. "

Jinder Singh, Feb 23 2017
Course rating of 4 stars "Excellent Tutor Stuart"

Kat Swift, Feb 23 2017
Course rating of 5 stars "Stuart is a brilliant training provider, very knowledgeable about the course content. He also is very entertaining and made sure the course was not boring in the slightest. Thanks Stuart!"

Paula Chilton, Jan 25 2017
Course rating of 5 stars "Very informative course "



General Information

All Activia report writing training courses have been created, reviewed and developed to ensure up to date provision and constantly improving standards of content. Our Business Writing Skills training is interactive and classroom-based which maximises learning through the ability to ask questions and discuss specific issues.

Class Sizes

Maximum class size for Business Writing Skills courses is 10 delegates, which ensures that attendees get adequate time for personal attention from the instructor. At some of our centres, the maximum class size is 12 delegates.

Note that we never cancel our scheduled classes -- even if there are only one or two delegates -- so once you have booked, your place is assured.

For training at your offices, we can deliver classes of up to 15 delegates, though with bigger class sizes you must understand that there is less time for questions from delegates, and this may affect the quality of their experience.

How to book
Course, dates and delegate numbers
Decide on the Business Writing Skills course you want, the date(s) you can attend, and the number of delegates involved
Training location
Also decide whether you want training at your offices or at one of our centres
Speedy course booking
You can use the Speedy Quote option to contact us for a quick price, or you can book online from the schedule on this website
Call us
if at any time you want help or advice, or you want to book on the telephone, just call us on 0333 6000 111 to speak to one of our friendly training advisors

Note: With non-credit card bookings you must sign and return a Booking Form before we can confirm your training.

Also note: If you are a private individual you must pay by credit card at the time of booking.

The confirmation process
Course places allocated
Your place is allocated, along with workbooks (and lunches if it's at our centre)
Booking confirmation
You receive an official confirmation, with joining instructions (and directions if it's at our centre)
Training invoice
You receive a VAT invoice

Note: Please allow 1 - 2 working days for your confirmation and invoice.

What happens on the day

If you are coming to our centre, dress code is smart casual.   Refreshments and a free buffet lunch will be provided, but please note that, as a training company who relies on caterers, we are unable to reliably provide for differing dietary requirements, so if you are in any doubt then please bring your own.   The timetable is as follows:













Note: break times can vary according to the needs of the training, and course duration for smaller class sizes are usually shorter because fewer delegates have fewer questions !

For training at your offices, this itenerary can be varied by prior arrangement.

What you get

With your Business Writing Skills training course from Activia, you get a free workbook, so you can review and revise afterwards to reinforce your knowledge.

Every delegate on a Business Writing Skills course also gets an Activia Training Attendance Certificate.


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We can enhance your skills with training in writing reports at any of our twelve training centres UK wide, or we can come to your offices: if you have groups of three or more staff who need training, this is a very convenient, flexible and cost effective option. Moreover, most of our report writing courses are 1 day, which keeps "out of office" periods for attendees to a minimum.

We have been delivering report writing all over the UK since 1995 and have continually developed our philosophy of high quality, flexible and results-driven provision of training courses for report writing to ensure constantly improving standards of quality.   So you can be confident that we have the expertise, and the experience, to give you a great return on your investment in Training Courses for Report Writing from Activia.

Why not contact us today to see how we can help with providing your course for report writing ?

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