Patrick Forsyth's 30 Minutes to Write a Report (30 Minutes Series) PDF

By Patrick Forsyth

ISBN-10: 0749423609

ISBN-13: 9780749423605

A part of a chain of pocket courses aimed toward the permitting the reader to benefit a brand new ability in precisely half-hour, this article provides a advisor to document writing, from what to incorporate, to how you can lay it out.

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And it helps to produce tighter writing and avoid overlong sentences. But, or rather however, it also makes another point; do not overuse this sort of device. Another similar rule is that sentences should not end with prepositions. ‘He is a person worth talking to’ really does sound easier on the ear than ‘... with whom it is worth talking’. ’ Still other rules may be broken only occasionally. Many of us have been brought up never to split infinitives, and it often causes annoyance. There are exceptions, however.

This, as much as anything, has led to the perpetuation of a rather overformal, bureaucratic style that does many a report no good. How you need to write must stem in the main from the expectations your intended readers have of what they want to read, or, in some cases, are prepared to read, because – be honest – reading some business documents is always going to be something of a chore; yes, even some of those you write yourself. What readers expect Readers want documents to be understandable, readable, straightforward and natural.

Examples may date too, but let me try. I twitched visibly when someone on BBC Radio 4 referred to an ‘upcoming’ event. For me at least, this is at stage 1. and does not sound right at all; ‘forthcoming’ will suit me well for a while longer. On the other hand, what did we say before we said ‘mission statement’? This is certainly a term in current use. Most people in business appreciate its meaning and many make good use of it. What about a word or phrase that is past its best? I suggest a common one: ‘user friendly’.

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