CHAPTER 1

Writing Routine Reports

A business career usually involves a variety of simple reports. A simple report (sometimes called a short report) does not require an extensive search for the necessary information. In many instances, you will recall from memory the principal data for the report. In other situations, you may refer to a meeting summary, a file folder, notes written during a ­conference, or e-mails or texts sent to you by co-workers or clients.

Although the data-gathering method may be relatively simple, the resulting report still fits the definition of business reports: organized, objective presentations of observations, experiences, or facts used in an organization’s decision-making process. Simple reports—those you write and ...

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