Reporting for Analysts

Open enrolment and in-house options available

This course provides a detailed introduction to the development and delivery of written reports and oral presentations. You will be given a general introduction to the principles of effective reporting and shown how to draft copy that is crisp and clear. From there, you will be shown how to structure long and short-form intelligence products. The course goes on to provide guidance on the delivery of effective oral briefings and presentations.

Course Outline

Writing Skills

General Reporting Principles

  • Knowing your audience
  • Constructing and testing your arguments
  • Communicating risk and warning
  • Communicating analytic confidence

Writing Skills

  • Effective writing skills
  • Writing to Minto's Pyramid Principle
  • Referencing your work
  • Self-editing and proofing
  • Peer-editing and evaluation

Developing Analytic Products

Analytic Products

  • The varieties of analytic product
  • Developing and working with templates
  • Drafting alerts
  • Drafting briefs and situation assessments
  • Drafting estimates, reports and forecasts
  • Generating customer feedback

Making Recommendations

  • Developing options
  • Generating SMART recommendations

Briefings and Presentations

Presentations and Oral Briefings

  • Developing presentations
  • Multimedia intelligence products
  • Preparing for a briefing
  • Effective presentation skills
  • Handling questions and objections
  • Managing your audience

Course Details

Who is this Course For?

This course is intended for all analysts, regardless of background or work experience.

How You Benefit

On completion of this course, participants will have the ability to:

  • Construct arguments that are logical and supported by evidence
  • Employ simple rules to improve the quality and clarity of their writing
  • Draft long and short-form products that support customer needs
  • Develop and deliver oral briefings that address the audience’s descriptive, predictive and prescriptive information needs
  • Generate constructive feedback from one’s customers and peers

What You Receive

  • A full set of course slides in PDF
  • An index of analytic techniques
  • Templates to support the application of the techniques taught
  • Six months of post-course support

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for participation in this course. Participants are encouraged to select one or more issues they would like to prepare a report / presentation on prior to the course commencing.

Course Requirements

Please bring a Windows or Mac laptop with you. Please also ensure you have a Gmail account to access the course materials.