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Professional Report Writing
Professional Report Writing


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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 intensive, 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.

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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:
  • 9 Key Aspects of a Report
  • The Definition 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:
  • Summary
  • Conclusion
  • Discussion
  • Results
  • Methodology
  • A Literature Review
  • The Introduction
  • A Table of Contents
  • An Abstract or Executive 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:
  • On Time!
  • Sound Logic
  • Appropriateness
  • Criticality
  • Directness
  • Accuracy
  • Objectivity
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:
  • Unnecessary Use of Jargon
  • Wrong Kind of Results
  • Inadequate Content
  • Poor Structure
  • Not answering the brief
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:
  • Have you proof read the report before submitting?
  • Is the report jargon free?
  • Does all content relate to the stated objectives?
  • Are all graphs and tables explained properly?
  • Is everything correctly and clearly labelled?
  • Is the material presented in relevant and logical sections?
  • Does the report answer the needs of the reader?
  • Does the report answer the original brief?
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:
  • Submitting the report
  • Using the checklist to appraise and edit the report
  • Writing the report
  • Arriving at a conclusion, with a call to action
  • Analysing the data and information
  • Obtaining or producing the data
  • Creating the structure of the report
  • Visualising who the reader will be
  • Fully understanding the brief
MODULE 8:  Your Personal Action Plan

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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 and Skills of a Minute Taker
  • Questioning and Listening Skills for Minute Takers
  • What to Record
  • Minutes Styles and Types of Meetings
  • Formal Minutes
  • Before, During and After the Meeting
  • Writing Up and Distributing the Minutes
  • PRACTICAL SESSION - Role Plays or Your Own Notes
  • 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



Arron Baker
, Jul 9 2019
"Good tutor approach, small numbers on course allowed lots of value to be obtained."

Course rating of 4 stars
David Rowand
, Apr 5 2019
"the curse facilitator was excellent and extremely engaging"

Course rating of 5 stars
Hugh Shaw
, Mar 27 2019
"Fully enjoyed the course and the trainer was very good."

Course rating of 5 stars
Nicola Rosewarne
, Feb 19 2019
"A fantastic course, facilitated by a lovely lady. I enjoyed the course very much. "

Course rating of 5 stars
Sarah Williams
, Nov 29 2018
"The course and the tutor were great, even though I was the only delegate for this course. It was reassuring that the course was still provided. Activia are definitely a company I would recommend, and already have to my employers HR department."

Course rating of 5 stars
Jill Peacock
, Oct 25 2018
"The tutor was excellent and very knowledgeable."

Course rating of 5 stars
Peter Joseph
, Aug 8 2018
"Very satisfied with the overall programme"

Course rating of 5 stars
Peter Cornelius Joseph
, Aug 8 2018
"The course was well worth doing "

Course rating of 5 stars
John McDevitt
, Jun 7 2018
"Very friendly and approachable trainer. I was the only trainee so I had one-to one training. The content was delivered very well."

Course rating of 5 stars
Mouli S.Rahman
, Nov 16 2017
"excellent course"

Course rating of 5 stars


General Information

All Activia professional 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 the trainer, workbooks and exercise files if appropriate
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 in the form of tea/coffee will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks, but please note that we do not provide lunch.   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 itinerary 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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