Chapter 13

PLANNING, COMPOSING, AND WRITING REPORTS

“Do not put statements in the negative form. And don't start sentences with a conjunction. If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that a great deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.”

 

William Safire1

After completing this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand the principal considerations in the drafting of a report.
  • Gain a brief overview of the prefatory and supplementary parts of a report.
  • Become aware of key areas to pay attention to when editing and proofreading a report to ensure a polished and professional final product.
  • Differentiate between proposals and reports.
  • Understand the nature of business proposals.
  • Prepare a structured, persuasive ...

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