Written communication in the workplace is one of the most important skills to have.  Consideration must be given to all aspects of the communication process – the sender, the channel, the receiver and the feedback or the written message may result in weak and ineffective communication.  Good report writing skills have become essential for managers and employees. 

This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to write professional reports that conform to conventional formats and communicate the main message effectively and efficiently.


By attending this course, delegates will learn:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of different report types
  • Know how to interpret and respond to briefs/terms of reference
  • Be aware of the different phases in the report writing process and apply them
  • Know the main elements in reports and how they are typically ordered
  • Know which style, tense and level of formality to use and how these are influenced by the audience that might read the report

Want to have this course in-house?

Contact 012 430 2101 or marinkie@raisingthestandards.org.za


Module 1 – Report Types

  • An overview of report types and their purposes
  • Using a functional approach to report writing

Module 2 – Planning Your Report

  • Understanding the terms of reference
  • Determining the audience and purpose
  • Gathering information
  • Organising the facts
  • Analysing and interpreting the data
  • Writing the report
  • Formatting the report and inserting visuals
  • Editing and revising the report

Module 3 – Writing an Effective Report

  • Content
  • Main sections and subsections
  • Language and style (paragraphs, linking phrases, tense)

Module 4 – Formatting and Inserting Visuals

  • Using space efficiently
  • Using visually pleasing and readable typography
  • Formatting tables and captions
  • Choosing appropriate pictures, graphs and charts

Module 5 – Editing and Revising Your Report

  • Checklists for revision

Get to know how to interpret and respond to briefs/terms of reference in reports


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