As a Logistics major, Sara felt well equipped for her first assignment for her summer internship in a large Accounting firm. All she had to do was compile the research results of three vendors to recommend to her boss for a major contract. Her task was to present the findings in a short report. Sara had always done well on her classroom assignments, and she felt that she was a competent writer. Therefore, she was unprepared for her supervisor's comments on her finished report: "The information is fine, Sara, but your report just isn't written in an appropriate managerial style for us. Also, you need better document design. With all the long paragraphs and sentences, the many fonts and colors, the formal diction, the passive voice - it just takes forever to read! Really, it is quite boring!" Since Sara works closely with you, she sends you an email asking you these questions:
- Why doesn't writing a report the way I always wrote term papers work?
- What does the supervisor mean by "style" and document design?
- Isn't good writing always good writing, no matter where you are?
- What do I have to do to write an acceptable report for my job?
In a memo, respond to Sara's question by explaining good managerial writing style. Use specific examples to illustrate your general points.
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