Every government agency and every
large corporation prepares executive documents — policy papers,
briefing notes, policy memos, briefing books and letters for top-level
executives. Yet surprisingly little has been published on the subject,
leaving thousands of organizations worldwide to reinvent the wheel
WritingForResults.net is designed to help fill that gap on the
bookshelf. Whether you are a manager, an editor, a policy analyst
or an executive assistant, you will find that this site gives you
a wealth of guidance, tools, techniques and insight that is not
available elsewhere on the Web or in bookstores.
This site is oriented to briefings for senior executives. However,
the specific titles involved don't really affect the techniques
you need to use. The guidelines provided here apply equally whether
you are writing to brief a colleague or the president of your organization.
To get the most out of WritingForResults.net, take a moment to
see how it is organized. The site has three main sections:
- the text of Writing
for Results (312 pages), a step-by-step manual that
takes you through the process of writing briefings, memos
- over 260 word
processing templates (each in MS Word and WordPerfect formats)
for briefing books, briefing notes, memos and letters;
- the Users'
Forum, where you can exchange views, information and expertise
A good place to start is the Site
Map. It gives you a quick picture of how the site is organized
and where to look for the tools you need. The
Table of Contents provides a more detailed guide to what
you will find in Writing for Results, the manual that
forms the foundation of this site.
As you go through the site, you will see that some of the examples
are based on executive documents prepared in a Canadian government
department. However, the tools and techniques found here apply
equally to documents prepared at any level and in any sector of
the economy — industry, health care, education, etc. For
details in this regard, check the page for Users
From Diverse Organizations Worldwide.
A few users — particularly executive documents specialists — will
find it helpful to read the text of Writing for Results carefully
from start to finish. Most, however, will not want or need to do
so. Do not feel that you have to understand the whole of Writing
for Results in order to get an answer to a specific question.
Different parts of this site will address your needs at different
times. Use the Site Map and
the Table of Contents to
find answers to the questions you need answered now. Then, when
you have more time, come back to browse through other sections
at your leisure. Wherever you look, you will find tools and techiques
that will help you to produce more effective policy memos, briefing
notes, policy papers and briefing books.
If you are a manager, you will find that WritingForResults.net
provides many tools that make it easier to provide guidance to
your staff. For example:
In closing, your comments are
always welcome. Comments from users have been vital in the evolution
of Writing for Results for over 25 years.