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Technical Report Writing Course Lessons Learned

by Mary Cullen on Mon, May 16, 2016

"Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you’re a writer you have a moral obligation to do this."
     ~ Anne Lamott

After leading technical report writing courses with large and small companies for nearly 20 years, I have seen a common challenge present repeatedly. Telling the truth can be hard. Conveying findings or recommendations that we know aren't welcome can be daunting because no one wants to disappoint people, especially a boss.

But, truth in business reports is absolutely essential. There is no way around it. We must be 100% truthful in business reports. If we aren't, the results can be disastrous.

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Topics: Business Report Writing

How A Report Writing Course Can Tame Big Data

by Mary Cullen on Fri, Sep 18, 2015

Once upon a time, there was a warning was that big brother could be watching.

Well, today big data is doing his job. Big data is everywhere all the time. Gartner, the information research technology and advisory company posits:

Big data is high-volume, high-velocity,  high-variety information assets that demand cost-effective, innovative forms of information processing for enhanced insight and decision making.

Wikopedia pipes in with:

data sets so large that traditional data processing applications are inadequate.

If computers need help making sense of big data, pity the person charged with writing a report summarizing the results. Big data is creating a culture in which business and IT join forces to realize value from data. Companies make decisions based on big data but first it has to be visualized and translated into a report that can communicate the results to key decision makers and ensure they understand it.

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Topics: Business Report Writing

How to Collaboratively Write a Business Report with Colleagues

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Feb 3, 2014

Do you collaboratively write reports with colleagues? Do you find it hard to keep a sense of coherence across the report and unity in the work team?

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Topics: Business Report Writing, Writing for Business Newsletter

Tables in Report Writing: Presented or Present?

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Dec 9, 2013

Here is a interesting client grammar question related to technical report writing. I've never been asked this before, nor seen it specifically addressed anywhere. 

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Topics: Business Grammar, Business Report Writing

How to Write a Business Report with Skill and Ease

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Feb 20, 2012

Dorothy Park once said, "I hate writing. I love having written." You might feel the same way, but unfortunately, you can't get one without doing the other.

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Topics: Business Report Writing

Top 5 Recommendations for Report Writing in 2012

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Dec 7, 2011

Reports are critical business writing documents.  They typically convey your company's value to potential clients (proposals) or convey your product (consulting recommendations).

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Topics: Business Report Writing