ExecSum-IST444-F11-2

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Unformatted text preview: 4 T 44 1 IS 01 all 2 F Tricks and T ips for Writi ng Strong Rep orts Executive Summaries Defined • Brief overview of the content • Emphasize conclusions and/or recommendations • Include only essential information • Concise and precise • They are not abstracts 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 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 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 Guidelines • Ensure it covers purpose, message, and key recommendations • Tailored to your audience • Likely an “executive” or high-ranking official Tips • Write with active-voice sentences • Write simple, short sentences • Intended to be read by a busy executive • Keep your executive summary short (1/10) • No unnecessary, technical details Tips • Avoid excessive jargon/acronyms • Write the definition first • Proper spelling, punctuation, style, and grammar • Write primarily for your audience, not for yourself • Probably no description of organization Questions? Selected Sources Professional RFP Letters (2010) “How to Write an Executive Summary?” http://rfptemplates.technologyevaluation.com/howto-write-an-executive-summary.html Christensen, G. J. (2006) “Executive Summaries Complete the Report” http://www.csun.edu/~vcecn006/summary.html Unilearning (2000) “Good and Poor Examples of Executive Summaries” http://unilearning.uow.edu.au/report/4bi1.html ...
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This note was uploaded on 01/11/2012 for the course IST 444 taught by Professor Bonzi,s during the Fall '08 term at Syracuse.

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