Chapter 10-3: Business Reports

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Sample Business Report, with Tips

Important Points to Remember

  1. A report is divided into four areas:

    • Terms of Reference- This section gives background information on the reason for the report. It usually includes the person requesting the report.

    • Procedure- The procedure provides the exact steps taken and methods used for the report.

    • Findings- The findings point out discoveries made during the course of the report investigation.

    • Conclusions- The conclusions provide logical conclusions based on the findings.

    • Recommendations- The recommendations state actions that the writer of the report feels need to be taken based on the findings and conclusions.

  2. Reports should be concise and factual. Opinions are given in the "conclusions" section. However, these opinions should be based on facts presented in the "findings".

  3. Use simple tenses (usually the present simple) to express facts.

  4. Use the imperative form (Discuss the possibility ..., Give priority ..., etc.) in the "recommendations" section as these apply to the company as a whole.

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