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Managerial Communication and the Brain by Dirk Remley

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CHAPTER 4

Elements of Formal Reports

Formal reports and proposals will include a number of sections, each including subsections. As shown in the previous chapter, proposals involve persuasive effort to encourage an audience to implement recommendations toward addressing a problem or situation. An outline of a proposal was included in that chapter. Typical sections for a report or proposal include:

Executive Summary: Summarizes the important information for a report or proposal’s contents.

Introduction: Identifies the topic or problem, purpose of the report, background, and scope.

Discussion: Develops each potential solution or discusses the single-proposed solution; reports research findings and provides analysis.

Conclusion: Identifies specific ...

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