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Business Report Writing Skills

Training and Development

This training course is aimed at employees who have to use business and report writing skills to communicate their business ideas accurately and effectively to their readers. The training focuses on basic skills like planning, layout of and writing a business report. The course also focuses on using correct language and grammar as well as pointing out common language mistakes that are often made.

The course will address frequently asked questions such as:

  • What are the different types of reports?
  • How do I make the right decisions before I even start?
  • What information should I focus on?
  • What should every report contain?
  • How do I ensure readability of my report?

NQF Level 5

Business report Writing

Who should attend?

  • All employees who have to compile reports as part of their job requirements

Training Outline

Introduction to Effective Report Writing

Different Types of Technical/Business Reports

  • Business Reports
  • Technical Background Reports and Primary Research Reports
  • Business Plan
  • Technical Specifications for a BRD

Before You Start Writing

  • How to Make Decisions on the Objective, the Audience and What Information to Focus On

Layout of Reports

  • What Every Report Should Contain
  • General Format, Structure and Layout
  • Business Report Structure
  • Visual Aids
  • Summary and Checklist

Using Plain English: Style

  • Improve Readability
  • Sentence and Paragraph Length
  • Bullet Points and Enumerated Lists
  • 10 Rules for Writing Numbers and Numerals
  • Using the Simplest Words and Expressions Possible
  • Avoid Jargon
  • Verbs versus Nouns
  • Using Active Rather Than Passive Style
  • Explain Your Ideas Clearly
  • The Most Overused Business Clichés

Using Plain English: The Mechanics

  • Avoiding Common Vocabulary and Spelling Errors
  • 100 Most Often Misspelled Words in English
  • Acronyms
  • Editing
  • Spell-Check Will Not Fix Everything!
  • Punctuation, Capitalisation and Other Language Tips
  • Commonly Confused Words

Useful Tools

  • Symptoms and Cures for Writer’s Block
  • The Reframing Matrix
  • Concept Fan: Widening the Search for Solutions

Self-Assessment Exercises


Additional Information

Course Duration: 2 Days

Presented : In-house and online



  • Comprehensive manual
  • Framed certificate of attendance
  • Notepad & Pen
  • Superior training venue with delicious lunch, teas and refreshments

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