‘You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere’.
Courses in report writing Leeds
I’ve been writing reports since 1984, with my first job after graduating landing me in the Government services department of the management consultancy now known as PwC. There I learned hands-on how to write well from the brilliant colleagues around me who were grappling with and advising the Government on key issues of the time.
Moving on from there I became a successful high-flying Company Secretary in London and part of my role was organising the reports and management information that went to the various Boards for decision-making.
I changed career and went into training in 1993, just as Microsoft was launching its new thing called ‘Windows’ on the world. I realised not only did I enjoy training, I had a talent for it. The first 10 years or so were spent teaching people how to use the new-fangled Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Back then, when I said Bill Gates had a vision that we’d all have computers not just on our desks at work but in our homes too, people scoffed. But fast forward and here we are 20+ years later; the internet has revolutionised our world and we even have phones more powerful than those early computers in our pockets and handbags.
From 2003 I wanted to teach the real communication and people skills behind the IT skills: not just how to use PowerPoint but how to give presentations that weren’t Death by PowerPoint, and how to write and lay out reports. I was also interested in the way that people learn, that there was more to it than just telling people what button to press. I also qualified as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language, which is where I brushed up on my own sketchy knowledge of grammar as like many of my generation I’d never learned much at school as grammar was unfashionable. I then spent a few years in Spain, teaching Business English and communication skills including report writing and presentations.
I’m lucky that I do what I love and love what I do and have met so many interesting people over the years. When not working, I’m usually to be found engaged in a good conversation or reading a good book – not your average airport bonk-buster but yet another one on improving your management, influencing or communication skills. Through all this teaching and studying I’ve become a bit of a guru on communications and love the chance to pass on my knowledge and skills to others. After all, better communication also makes the world a better place.