REPORTING SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING WITH BONUS PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP
21 - 25 January 2019 Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
A Five-Day Training For Project Officers, Project And Program Managers, M&E Staff And Development Staff Whose Work Involves Written Communication
Learn How To Easily Create And Deliver Reports That Lead To Action & Proposals That Persuade
Do You Spend Too Much Time Reporting?
Do Your Reports Support Effective Decision-Making?
Are You Missing Lessons Learned - And Opportunities To Do Better?
Reporting Can Be Time-Consuming, Hard Work
But as development professionals, it's also an important part of our responsibilities, and the basis for any effective Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Sharing system.
Without a solid process for reporting, we often put it off. It sits like a black cloud on the horizon, until it suddenly becomes urgent - and we are rushing to put it all together to meet a deadline.
And there's a lot to manage.
Understanding the objectives, selecting the right methods to collect data, analysing that data, planning, drafting, editing, and, ultimately, persuading ... and so many steps where things can go off-track.
No wonder we often lose time staring at a screen wondering what to write, looking for the 'right word', making false starts, or just putting it off until the last minute.
Poor Reporting Leads To Bad Decision-Making ...
And even when the report is complete, if we didn't follow a systematic approach, we can never be sure that we captured the real picture.
Reports are a basis for effective decision making. Poor quality reports lead to poor quality decisions that affect project success, and can even misinform an organisation's strategy.
If the information coming in isn't a clear picture of what's really happening, then you can't take the right actions for project success.
... Repeated Mistakes And Missed Opportunities
A key part of reporting is capturing lessons learned - learning what went right and what went wrong, how to build on our success and how to avoid the mistakes of the past.
When we don't learn those lessons, we miss opportunities to better serve our stakeholders - and lose donor support.
A PROCESS FOR REPORTING
Let me give you a road map for reporting so that you can easily and consistently turn out reports that:
Support good decision-making
Capture important lessons learned
Are a solid basis for Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning & Sharing
Imagine having a process that you could follow, time after time, so that you could:
Easily set reporting objectives and select the most appropriate data collectionmethods
Analyse the data and draw conclusions / identify lessons learned
And having the tools to:
Plan your writing around the report objectives and reader's needs
Organise your ideas in a logical, persuasive way
Communicate clearly and in a way that keeps your readers interested and alert
Edit like a professional
This hands-on training course will teach you all of this and more.
ABOUT THIS TRAINING
You're going to learn a step-by-step, practical process for reporting and professional writing you can use every time to:
Reduce wasted time and deadline stress
Create more impactful writing - impressing managers and donors
Persuade your readers to take action and support good project decision making
This is a practical course. We've limited the number of participants to just 12 to ensure maximum participation and learning.
It's based on over 20 years training development professionals like you to write more effective reports - field reports, evaluations and research.
While templates and examples will go a certain way to helping you understand, you will learn through practical application.
Applying the steps and tools in this course will ensure:
You always know what to do each time you report
Your reports take less time, are less stressful and of higher quality
Your reports are actionable - contributing to better managed, more responsive projects and better results
TOOLS YOU CAN APPLY EVERY TIME
While you will get all the theory you need, we want you to learn the steps and tools in a way that you can apply time after time after the course is over.
You will also learn some key tools and tips you won't find anywhere else - such as how to adjust your writing style to different readers, or how to develop a collaborative report with your whole team.
We know development practice can often be very confusing. We take current best-practice and explain it in the most clear way possible - cutting through to what's important in ways you can understand and apply.
WHAT'S IN THE COURSE?
The course addresses the key challenges faced by development professionals in reporting and professional writing in a way that allows for maximum practical work. Areas covered include:
Setting Evaluation Objectives
Deconstructing Field Reports
Select Data Gathering Methods and Gathering Information
Data Analysis - Quantitative Data
Data Analysis - Mind Mapping
Principles of Professional Writing
The Writing Process
Planning Your Report
How to Write Clearly
Professional Writing: Organising Ideas
Professional Writing: Paragraphs that Persuade
Extended Practical Assignments and Feedback
BONUS PROPOSAL WRITING WORKSHOP
We will also teach you how to take these skills and create proposals that donors will love.
Improve your ability to gain funding and support by delivering a consistently high level of proposals that:
Have development objectives aligned with donors interests
Address an important development problem
Convince them of your ability to deliver results
You will learn:
How to Identify a Winning Project
What Makes a Proposal Successful - and What to Avoid
How to Plan and Draft Proposals that Persuade
"It was a practical training that dramatically transformed the acceptability of our reports to donors and our chance of securing funding in this highly competitive funding environment."
Feyera Abdi Executive Director SOS Sahel
THIS IS NORMALLY OFFERED AS A SEPARATE COURSE - BUT THIS TIME WE WILL BE OFFERING THIS EXTRA WORKSHOP TOGETHER WITH REPORTING SKILLS TO TAKE YOUR WRITING SKILLS TO A HIGHER LEVEL
RAISE YOUR GAME THROUGH MIND MAPPING
We are also going to teach you how to Mind Map using Mindjet's game-changing software to drastically increase your ability to manage and analyse complex information.
For 20 years we have taught people how to integrate this tool at every stage of reporting, project planning and proposal writing to better:
Gather and organise data
Plan and draft their writing
This is something you won't learn anywhere else and will transform the way you work.
And, unlike most other courses, we don't leave you to 'get on with it' once the course is over. We know a lot of questions can come up once you are back in the world and actually applying the skills you learn. That's why we also give you:
A free one-year membership of the ELD PROFESSIONAL WRITERS FORUM. Here you can ask questions and share work done long after the course is over.
Free lifetime access toour ONLINE REPORTING SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING TRAINING COURSE - here you will find videos of all the key sessions for reference, all downloadable and yours to keep.
WELCOME FROM INSTRUCTOR NEIL KENDRICK
Hello - and thanks for checking out this course!
I’m truly excited to teach you the vital skills involved in becoming a successful report and proposal writer.
For over 20 years, I've been helping development professionals like you plan, monitor and evaluate their projects, and communicate their concepts, successes and lessons learned - leading to better project results, funding and satisfied donors.
From my worldwide experience, you’ll quickly learn what works and what doesn't.
I've trained extensively in more than 20 countries throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and North America - working with development professionals from a wide range of cultures, backgrounds and sectors. These include big INGOs such as Save the Children, Care and Oxfam, bilaterals including DFID, USAID and SNV, and the UN.
I’ve developed this practical, step-by-step reporting and proposal writing skills course for people like you - development professionals.
With my guidance, you’ll soon be following a straightforward system that is guaranteed to reduce stress, save time and get better results - time after time.
So join me now, on this journey towards professional reporting and proposal writing skills!
Neil Kendrick Director ELD TRAINING
WHAT OTHER DEVELOPMENT PROFESSIONALS LIKE YOU SAY ABOUT THIS COURSE
"I wish I had taken this training sooner, as I have a made a lot of errors in the past in writing proposals. But now - whether in writing a sentence, a report or a proposal - I have a magic skill!"
"The most useful and practical training I have attended in years."
AFRICAN CONSERVATION CENTRE
"I am grateful that Sasakawa selected me for this training. Report writing had been a major problem for me throughout my career. This is the best job-related training I have ever had."
"This training should be done for all staff of any institution to build the capacity of their teams. The training was beyond our expectations - not only because of the skills and knowledge I have gained, but how Neil inspired me and instilled confidence in me."
DATES, FEES & DISCOUNTS
21 - 25 January 2019 Fairview Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya
The training fee is $1200 USD Early-bird training fee (pay by 5 December 2018) - $1000
Five days training on Reporting Skills & Professional Writing (including bonus workshop on Proposal Writing), plus refreshments and lunch
All training materials plus extra resources on flash disc
One year's access to the ELD PROFESSIONAL WRITERS FORUM
Free access to our ONLINE REPORTING SKILLS & PROFESSIONAL WRITING TRAINING COURSE
Fees do not cover breakfast, evening meals, visas, travel, accommodation, transportation or other daily expenses.
ALL FEES PAYABLE IN ADVANCE ON A FIRST-COME BASIS.
For The Best Possible Results, Only 12 Participants Will Be Accepted For This Course
Apply Now And Start Creating Reports That Lead To Action Every Time (And More Successful Proposals!)