Report Writing for Readers with Little Time
Routledge – 2012 – 256 pages
Writing reports is a vital skill in many professions and roles across every sector. Despite this, the majority of reports generated in organizations tend to be difficult to read, dull and do not make the impact they should - either for the content or for the author.
In this book, you will learn how to write in a convincing way for a variety of different audiences. Fundamentals covered include structure, graphic presentation, plagiarism and oral presentation. The authors include a useful section on writing under pressure (by writing as a team, for example) as well as material on pitfalls to avoid when writing in English as a second language.
This simple, effective book is a great tool for readers across the globe who wish to improve their report-writing skills.
1. Introduction 2. Writing Effectively in Professional Situations 3. From Assignment to Text 4. Dealing with Sources of Information 5. Structuring 6. Requirements for each Part of the Report 7. Special Types of Text 8. Letters, Emails and Memos 9. Putting Ideas into Words 10. Persuasive Writing 11. Illustrations 12. Layout 13. Presenting a Report Orally
Rien Elling, Bas A. Andeweg and Kim Van Der Linden are based in the Technology, Policy and Management faculty at the Technical University of Delft, Netherlands
Christine Swankhuizen is University Teacher at Leiden University, Netherlands
Jaap de Jong is Professor of Journalism and New Media at Leiden University, Netherlands