Synopses & Reviews
This concise, practical book is written for you if your professional success is linked to the quality of the reports you produce. You will learn how to. . .
Like all the books in the Prentice Hall Guides to Advanced Business Communications series, this book is . . .
- Manage data, minimize discomfort, and master the report-writing process
- Assure that your reports get read, understood, and acted onrather than contributing to information overload
- Develop a communication strategy that enables you to design reports to meet the needs of diverse readers and decision-makers
- Write reports that are clear, high in skim-value, and rich in content-value
- Follow a sound approach to report-writing so you will avoid procrastination and use your time productively
- Allow your readers to find it a pleasurerather than a struggleto read your reports
- Convey your ideas so clearly and persuasively that you gain recognition and influence within your organization
- Brief: summarizes key ideas only
- Practical: offers clear, straightforward tools you can use
- Reader-friendly: provides easy-to-skim format
Listed by the Wall Street Journal as one of the five business "books you shouldn't miss."
"Really a gem. Former managing editor, Harvard Business Review
"Short, compact, practical, and readable ...l liked it immensely." Journal of Business Communication
Includes bibliographical references (p. 83) and index.
Table of Contents
1. What Makes Reports Effective.
What Reports Are. How Reports Are Used. What Virtues Effective Reports Share.
2. How to Manage the Report-Writing Process.
The Conceptual Task: Planning. The Technical Task: Researching and Analyzing. The Composing Task.
3. What Key Elements to Include in Your Report.
Front-End Materials. Body of the Report. Back-End Materials.
4. How to Design a Readable Report.
Ensuring Clarity. Ensuring Skim-Value.
Letter of Transmittal. Title Page. Table of Contents. Executive Summary.