Writing Reports and Proposals

2 days

Employees at all levels and from all areas.


Many people are defeated by the attitude that writing is an awesome task. These people do not trust themselves with the language. They go to the files to see what has been done in the past. To overcome their insecurity, they try to write to impress. They hunt for big words to sound like an authority on the subject. They pad their reports to indicate thoroughness. That is not the path to confident, effective writing. This two-day workshop will teach participants the habits of good writing.


Becoming a Good Writer
Participants will learn to improve their writing skills by using the four C’s of good writing

The Rules of Writing
Next, participants will learn the nine basic rules of report writing.

What does Good Grammar look like

This module will teach participants the value of good grammar and verb agreement

Participants will learn how to create topic sentences for paragraphs. Participants will draft paragraphs as a key learning tool.

During this module, participants will explore ways to create emphasis.

Unity and Coherence
This module will teach participants how to create unity in their report.

Active and Passive Voice
Next, participants will look at the differences between the active and passive voice. Exercises will show the appropriate use of either voice.

The Stages of Report Writing
The bulk of the second day will be spent exploring the four stages of report writing: investigation, planning, writing, and revising.

Formal Reports
During this module, participants will look at the additional components of a formal report.

How to Use Headings
A brief introduction to laying out a report and the use of a Summary.

Charts and Graphs
Next, participants will learn the right way to add charts and graphs to their report.

Writing Proposals
During this module, participants will learn how writing a proposal is different from writing a report.

The Finishing Touches
Participants will examine finishing touches for a report, including steps in the persuasion process, how to design your message, and how to deal with tough questions.

Practical Application
To wrap up the workshop, participants will peer edit each others’ work and draft an action plan.

Workshop Wrap-Up
To end the workshop, participants will go through a lessons learned exercise.

Skills Taught: 
  • Learn the value of good written communications.
  • Understand basic concepts of grammar and style.
  • Build your confidence to express yourself clearly in good plain English
  • Develop paragraphs that introduce, connect, develop, and conclude some part of an idea.
  • Prepare reports and proposals that inform, persuade, and provide information.
  • Learn how to proofread your work so you are confident it is clear, concise, complete, and correct.
  • Have an opportunity to apply these skills in real work applications.