6.5: Putting It Together- Reports
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You’ve finally put together your proposal for prepackaged dinner kits. You’re excited that your idea is ready to be reviewed by Mr. Marks, the store owner. You were surprised how long it took to pull this together and keep up on your regular job—two months!
You’re fairly confident in the work you produced: you made notes about exactly what you were trying to do, and that helped you find the information you needed. The process even included planning and collecting the results from a short survey.
Knowing your the owner well and knowing that the information could be easily summarized, you put together an informal proposal with just a few simple headings. With this decision made, you wrote up your proposal as a memo.
The not-so-fun part turned out better than expected. The outline that you created before writing seemed like a pain at the time, but it sure made the writing go much more quickly. The outline helped you remember to lay out how you found your information and how credible the information was. The prewriting process even gave you ideas as you wrote the content for each section.
Once the proposal was complete, you sent it off to Mr. Marks:
It seems the report and project is off to a good start. Mr. Marks received the memo and responded with a quick email: “Sofia, thank you for this information. It looks very thorough and well thought out. I’ll be eager to review this with my consultants. You have a good eye for this work.”