The aim of this one-day workshop is to provide you with the skills necessary to be able to write reports and proposals that will achieve your communication purpose.


Facilitator - Desirée Williamson

The contemporary workplace requires all staff to have, as a priority, excellent written communication with internal and external stakeholders, because every message you send creates a perception. The ability to write reports and proposals so that you achieve your communication objectives is a skill that enhances your professional credibility, and benefits the whole organisation.

This workshop provides you with key report and proposal writing skills which will enable you to write audience-centred documents that include the right amount of detail, express information in a clear and coherent manner, and allow informed decision-making to occur.

The workshop is designed to be practical, interactive and stimulating. In order to maximise the effectiveness of the training, we ask you to bring non-commercially sensitive samples of your workplace writing and a laptop to practise new writing skills in the workshop.

This workshop qualifies for NZTE's Capability Development Voucher Scheme.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the key components of the business writing process including audience analysis and information order
  • recognise how to connect with your target audience
  • write component parts of reports, proposals and business cases
  • convey complex and/or technical ideas and information in appropriate language and format
  • classify information, and structure and present your information to achieve your communication purpose
  • use the appropriate writing style and conventions to express your ideas and acknowledge cited references using APA style
  • use self-editing and proofreading techniques to improve accuracy
  • evaluate samples of your own workplace writing and that of others, to gain confidence in the preparation and writing of these documents, and give relevant peer-review comments.


  • Understanding audience analysis and target your message appropriately
  • Planning and writing workplace documents including reports, business cases, proposals and covering letters
  • Integrating primary data and secondary sources logically, accurately and persuasively
  • Use of a clear, logical structure that achieves coherence and internal cohesion
  • Using a reader-friendly writing style which is clear and correct, and meets the needs of the audience
  • Applying appropriate writing conventions and referencing styles
  • Editing your report and peer-review techniques


  • "Very useful course run under trying conditions (post-earthquake)."
  • "This has been very useful, a lot of useful ideas to work on. There will be more thought by me as I try to include these in my work."
  • "Thanks very much. I appreciate your professional approach."

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