A Great Written Report Sets You Apart from Your Competition

A Great Written Report Sets You Apart from Your CompetitionOne of the main questions I am asked by people who want to learn how to audit for others is about report writing. Specifically, I get asked by people if I have created a cookie cutter solution to their report writing problems.

The answer to that question is “no.”

All of my reports do have some consistent features. They are on my letterhead, with the same re: line, and show a snapshot of the loan’s details on the first page of the report. After that, they are organized by the main parts of the audit.

My reports have always set me apart from the competition. If you want to be taken seriously in any type of work, write a great report and watch what happens.

Written communication skills are important these days. I can’t tell you how many times people (homeowners, lawyers, others) have made assumptions about me, my services, and my audits, especially during the “loan audits are a scam” period of time. When they read my report, usually the light came on for them. Many were openly surprised at the quality of the report.

Contrast that with cookie cutter audit reports using software, which don’t really tell you anything. However, they were 100 pages long, and looked like it was a great value. If it was 100 pages long, it must be packed full of information. Who wouldn’t be impressed by that?

You can’t impress everyone, however. Some people have already made up their minds about what you have to say. They just won’t be able to use a crappy report to discredit you. You’ve just removed one issue from their arsenal. This makes is much more likely that that their agenda will be exposed.

Written communication skills are rare these days, so when someone reads a professional looking written report that clearly conveys their points and arguments, it impresses the hell out of them.

I can honestly say that my business success with FIN and DEL are attributable in major part to being a good writer. I became a good writer because I read a lot as a kid.

My parents divorced and I lived with my dad and stepmother. We had a “democracy” when it came to television, and there were three of us kids: two boys and me, the oldest, and the only girl.

You have probably already figured out that I was “outvoted” 99% of the time when it came to watching anything on television.

I started reading instead. I read everything I could get my hands on as a kid. I read stuff that I wasn’t supposed to read. I learned to read fast and got very good a reading comprehension.

I was terrible at math, however. That didn’t improve until grad school.

However, you don’t need to be a genius at reading to write a good report. Maybe now that you’re “grown up” you’ll be better at it, like my math skills.

Or, perhaps you just need to spend some time organizing your thoughts and develop YOUR signature report.

If you can string together sentences using proper grammar and punctuation, my guide will help you organize your thoughts so that you can write a great report – whether it’s an audit report for someone else, or for something else you need to write for work or even for your personal goals.

A solid written report will knock the socks off your clients, supervisors and whoever else matters.

Come back tomorrow for a new series I’m starting about writing a great report for anything. This is in preparation for the launch of my new writing guide, which will be available on December 1, 2013.

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