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Write Effective Reports - NEW!

Effective report writing is a vital ingredient for communicating key messages, informing sound decision making and achieving organisational goals.

Writing that connects with your target audience, includes the right amount of detail, and expresses information in a consistent, clear and coherent way enhances your professional credibility and benefits the whole organisation.


This practical, interactive workshop will focus on the ability to structure and express content, so that your report fulfills its purpose. In addition, you will use your own workplace writing to apply the skills discussed in the workshop.

  • Anyone who needs a refresher on contemporary report writing conventions

  • Professionals who have not had any formal report-writing training, but have picked up the skill ‘on the job’ and recognise that they need more assistance

  • Executive assistants who collate reports for the board

  • Analyse your audience and target your key messages effectively

  • Plan and write effective reports

  • Apply the principles of plain English in your writing

  • Apply contemporary writing conventions and F-shaped-writing layout to increase readability

  • Use accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation

  • Edit and review documents

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the key components of the report writing process including audience analysis and information order

  • Write component parts of reports, especially an executive summary

  • Convey complex and/or technical ideas and information in appropriate language

  • Recognise how to present information supported by sound coherent analysis

  • Use self-editing and proofreading techniques to improve accuracy

  • Evaluate samples of your own workplace writing and that of others, to gain confidence in the preparation and writing of these documents

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to the workshop, as this enables efficient writing and editing.


One day


Desirée Williamson BA, LTCL, CertTESOL, ANZSB, DipTchg

Desirée is a director of a Christchurch-based corporate communication consultancy.

As an accredited Belbin Team Roles facilitator, Desirée designs and facilitates workshops for public and private sector organisations on all aspects of communicating effectively.

She believes at the core of ‘authentic’ workplace communication is the challenge to align what we say about ourselves, with how we communicate with our internal and external stakeholders.

From 1996 to 2007, Desirée lectured in business and corporate communication in the School of Business at the Christchurch College of Education and at the University of Canterbury following the merger of the two institutions. Desirée has also worked with the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CAANZ) writing and moderating study material, and designing workshops for the Communicate Effectively and Ethics components of its Professional Competence Programme (2007–2015).

In addition to facilitating in-house customised workshops, Desirée delivers communication training on the professional development programmes of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and the University of Canterbury.


This workshop has qualified for the NZTE Capability Development voucher programme | Regional Business Partner Network event reference OSEA626

Small and medium size businesses may qualify for vouchers to help pay for services such as training workshops, courses and coaching that build the management capabilities of their owners, operators and key managers. Approved businesses will receive a voucher for up to 50% of the course investment fee.

For more information on the NZTE Capability Development voucher programme or to find your local Regional Business Partner please visit


$ 630.00 + GST for members
$ 895.00 + GST for non members

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