Making Monthly Reports Worth Reading

by Ross Maynard

World class finance functions produce monthly reports that managers actually read. This course enables you to delight your audience by setting clear objectives, creating compelling visuals and creating monthly reports that drive business improvement.

price £75+vat
cpd hours 4 CPD hours
access 120 days' access

This course will enable you to

  • Clearly outline business strategies and relevant KPIs in your monthly reports
  • Know what to report on, helping to lay the foundations for effective reports
  • Align your business strategy with your reporting
  • Cater for different audience needs including understanding the best way to present data
  • Design and format monthly reporting dashboards
  • Help users interpret your reports
  • Use your reports to identify performance issues and provide solutions

About the course

Preparing monthly reports is a task we are all familiar with. But could you be doing more to use these reports to drive business and find the root causes of problems?

To use your monthly reports to inform business strategy, you need to understand who you are reporting to, what they need to know, and how to share that information in the most coherent way.

Setting clear objectives, creating compelling visuals, and identifying and finding solutions for problems ahead of time – this course looks at ways to improve the effectiveness of your reporting. You will look at organisational strategies, KPIs, and presentation methods, as well as learning how to structure and design your analysis, making your reports worth reading every time.

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Contents

  • Deciding what to report
    • What's in a report?
    • Monthly reports matter
    • Developing a strategy
    • The importance of context
    • The hierarchy of KPIs
    • Choosing KPIs
  • Following best practice
    • The principles of effective reporting
    • Reading the room
    • Your audience
    • Thinking styles
    • It's all in the presentation
    • Bad presentation
    • Good presentation
    • Presenting performance and cost
  • Using dashboards
    • Getting the tech right
    • What is a dashboard?
    • Designing a dashboard
    • Structuring your dashboard
    • Additional comments
    • Commentary
    • A born presenter
  • Reacting to the monthly report
    • Improvement cycles
    • Root causes
    • The best solution
    • Reviewing improvement progress
    • Receiving feedback
    • Feedback
    • Key points

Author

Ross Maynard

Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Ross has worked as a consultant and trainer for over 20 years, specialising in process improvement and lean for finance teams.

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Access to this course
Total CPD unitshourshours4 unitshourshours
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Total CPD unitshourshours21 units20 hours21 hours
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Exclusive news and CPD every week plus monthly webinars, all year round
Account manager on hand to support your team's needs
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Keep your whole team up to date.

Access to this course
Total CPD unitshourshours800+ unitshourshours
Access period12+ months
Audit-proof CPD completion certificate
Immediate access to our entire CPD catalogue
Exclusive news and CPD every week plus monthly webinars, all year round
Account manager on hand to support your team's needs
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