How to Write Reports and Proposals

ISBN-10: 0749467142

ISBN-13: 9780749467142

Edition: 3rd 2013

Authors: Patrick Forsyth

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The importance of clear and concise communication is paramount in business relations.The 3rd edition ofHow to Write Reports and Proposalscontinues to provide practical pointers for anyone who needs to impress, convince or persuade their colleagues or clients. Using checklists, exercises and examples, it explains how to make a plan of what to write, transfer ideas onto paper and edit them to achieve the very best results.This new edition includes additional detailed information on presenting numerical data in reports, brief descriptions at the end of each chapter, new sections on different types of reports and how to select which data to include.
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List price: $9.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Kogan Page, Limited
Publication date: 3/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.418
Language: English

A note on this new edition
Introduction: pitfalls and opportunities
What makes good business writing?
The hazards of communication
Pitfalls: serious, and very serious
Why have a report?
Readers' expectations
The readers' perspective
Powerful habits
Earning a reading
Inappropriate standard documents
Clear intention
Achieving absolute clarity
The rewards of excellence
A significant opportunity
Key points
Creating a good report
Defining the report
Setting clear objectives
A sound structure
First, the beginning
The middle
Putting over the content
The end
After the end
Key points
Preparing to write
Why this report?
Research prior to preparation
A systematic approach
Shaking off old habits
Key points
The power of language
Cultivating an appropriate writing style
Readers' expectations
Readers' dislikes
The writer's approach
Use of language
Making language work for you
Mistakes to avoid
Folllowing the rules
Technological dilution
Key points
Making numbers clear
The nature of numbers and number 'blindness'
Action to avoid number blindness
Methods of presenting numbers clearly
The contribution of language
Key points
Making proposals persuasive
A cumulative process
A key stage
Persuasive technique
The don'ts
The dos
Quotations versus proposals
Choice of format
Proposal content
Covering letters
The presentation of proposals
Earn attention
Key points
The contribution of layout and presentation
How the pages look
Graphic emphasis
The exhibits
Other options for inclusion
Overall packaging
Key points
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