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Effective Report Writing

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Effective Report Writing

In this two-day session, participants will learn how to successfully write reports which are actually useful for their hierarchy. The training is addressed to “practitioners” and therefore interactive and real-world-focused with a mix of short presentations and group work.

CENAD seminars focus on preparing professionals to function effectively in the proverbial “real world”: this training is therefore by nature highly practical and interactive. Realistic exercises, cases and simulations are the vehicles to practice: each participant gets customised and personalised attention and feedback.

Senior management usually has the responsibility of deciding, and these decisions may have a lasting impact. Therefore, the quality, wisdom and appropriateness of such decisions depend on the quality, appropriateness, integrity, and processing of information prepared by others. Report-writing may serve different purposes: to document a statement or an event for the archives, to summarize for the press and the media, to analyse and interpret a situation for colleagues and superiors, or even to justify activities (and the related expenses) the report-writer has been involved in. High-quality reporting serves to guide politicians and decision-makers towards solid, actual and reliable decisions.

An essential prerequisite both for drafting and report writing is the ability to analyse, value and “condense” texts while reading them and to produce preliminary “abstracts” for the writer himself/herself, which will then serve as the concept for the following drafting work or as the backbone for the reader-focused report.


This training is practice-oriented, not lecture-based: participants will be invited to take all the necessary steps themselves, e.g. to write a report on policy issues or prepare a press briefing for a superior, based upon material which will be provided during the seminar. Throughout this interactive workshop, the trainer will give short presentations and theoretical inputs as well as provide participants with relevant examples, materials and various realistic simulation exercises.

Participants will be expected to contribute and engage actively throughout. Doing so, participants will work individually (or in small groups) and afterwards present their texts. This will be followed by group discussion and individual feedback from the trainer. Peer-group as well as an individual consultant-based debriefing will help participants to assess their strengths as well as their capacities for further improvement in report-writing.


2 päivää


10.10.2022 09.00


11.10.2022 16.00


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890 € + alv 24 %

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DAY 1:

Opening of the seminar and introduction to the programme
Seminar Session I: “The Sherpa‘s Job”

Exercise 1: “Briefing the Boss”
Working under time pressure to condense contents into bullet points

Debriefing Exercise 1
Participants will present their bullet point lists to peer-group review

Summary comment “Do’s and Don‘ts in Report Writing”


Seminar Session II: “His/Her Master’s Brain”
Towards a report writing checklist (1)

Cultural and Hierarchical Aspects of Communication
Communication in English as a foreign language

Close of the day

DAY 2:

Seminar session III: “Content and Context”
Situation analysis of a “Video Case”: participants will watch, analyse and discuss a video of a “real-world” negotiation

Debriefing the video case (Group work)
Identifying key issues and key terms as found in the video

Specific aspects of “Diplomatic” Communication

Lunch Break

Seminar Session IV: “How to Service the Decision-Makers”
Towards a report writing checklist (part 2)

Exercise 2: “Guidelines for good report writing”
Participants split into groups, are invited to use their personal experience and the seminar’s insights to develop guidelines for writing a good report

Seminar close and evaluation

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