Want to improve the impact and effectiveness of your reports, proposals and other documents? Need help with starting or structuring, getting the right tone of voice, or influencing your readers?

This intensive and practical three-hour course gives you the skills and techniques to make writing jobs easier – enabling you to write with greater speed, confidence and results.

We start by looking at where business writing goes wrong, discovering the mistakes to avoid (not grammatical ones) and introducing you to the tricks used by professional writers. Then we look in detail at how to write winning reports/proposals.  This includes topics such as: how and where to start, the essentials of effective writing, and how to catch the attention of – and win over – your readers.

What will I learn?

By the end of this session you will:

  • 6 areas where business writing often goes wrong
  • Common grammatical myths
  • Techniques used by professional writers: The 3 Maestros
  • How to structure a report
  • The components of a good writing style
  • Ways to win your readers’ attention
  • The art of persuasion
  • 5 As of effective editing
  • How to write an Executive Summary

Trainer Profile

Robert Bullard is an experienced and popular trainer in writing skills. He has 15 years’ training experience, and has worked extensively for the voluntary sector, including the Directory of Social Change, Reading Voluntary Action, and Gloucestershire Association for Community and Voluntary Action.

Robert also works as a copywriter, helping organisations write and improve their promotional material – websites, leaflets, posters, etc. He is author of Business Writing Tips and for nearly 10 years wrote features for the Guardian and The Daily Telegraph. His training enjoys consistently good feedback: delegates describing it as ‘participative’, ‘interactive’, and ‘very useful’.

Benefits to you

You will leave the session with some practical tools to help your writing jobs easier, and be able to write with greater confidence and impact.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone involved in writing reports or other business documents – such as proposals, bid documents, newsletters or case studies. You might be looking for some new ideas, answers to particular issues and challenges you face in your writing, or an overall refresher – and the chance to brush up, and improve, on your workplace writing skills.


Wednesday 10th October 2018


9.45am arrival for tea, coffee and networking for a 10am start. The workshop will finish by 1pm.


£60 per person for OCVA Members
£70 per person from a charitable organisation who are not OCVA members
£85 per person from a non-charitable organisation


Oxford Office Furniture Training Suite
Floyd’s Row
St Aldates

There is no parking available, although we are able to provide parking for disabled delegates. The venue is also serviced with good transport links including bus and rail services, more information can be found here.

Enquiries contact:

Telephone:  01865 251946
Email: training@ocva.org.uk

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Please note there are two steps to this process and both steps of the process will need to be completed to secure your place.

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