WRITING REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
ADAPTING TO YOUR AUDIENCE
Being Sensitive to Your Audience’s Needs
Reports and proposals that are highly technical, complex, or lengthy can put heavy demands on your readers, so the “you” attitude takes on even greater importance with these long messages.
Building Strong Relationships with Your Audience
Your report may continue to be read for months or years after you write them and reach audiences you never envisioned.
Controlling Your Style and Tone
If you know your readers reasonably well and your report is likely to meet with their approval, you can generally adopt a fairly informal tone, provided that doing so is acceptable in the situation and in your company’s culture. Adjust the level of formality to match the situation and your audience’s expectations.
COMPOSING REPORTS AND PROPOSALS
Carefully select the elements to include in your introduction, don’t include anything your audience doesn’t need or expect.
The report body should contain only enough information to convey your message convincingly, don’t overload the body with excessive details.
The nature of your close depends on the type of report (informational, analytical, or proposal) and the approach (direct or indirect).
Drafting Proposal Content
In an unsolicited proposal, your introduction may need to convince readers that a problem or opportunity exists.
Readers understand that a proposal is a persuasive message, so they’re willing to accommodate a promotional style as long as it is professional and focused on their needs.
The close is your last chance to convince the reader of the merits of your proposal, so make double sure it’s clear, compelling, and audience-oriented.
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