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Tricks and Tips for Writing Strong Reports IST 444 Fall 2011
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Executive Summaries Defined Brief overview of the content Emphasize conclusions and/or recommendations Include only essential information Concise and precise They are not abstracts
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Why Executive Summaries? They are read first Is the rest of the report worth reading? What might be of more interest? Audience may lack time to read full report
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General Organization Begin with an introduction Scope and purpose (or problem statement) Body (summary/findings) Typically organized in same order Sometimes organized by another common thread End (Conclusion/Recommendations) Not your own, but as stated in report Summary of findings Summary of actions (next steps) to be taken
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Guidelines About 1/10 the length of the main report Simple, declarative sentences for each main point Strong and positive language Supporting sentences as needed
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Guidelines Ensure it covers purpose, message, and key recommendations
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