Tips to improve board and committee papers

Many writers struggle with what to put in and what to leave out of a board or committee paper. Part of the difficulty is that board papers have to be SO concise these days. Gone are the days when you could write 10 pages. Now most boards want two-to-four pages max....

Writing board and executive papers

How to write board papers when your organisation doesn’t have executive papers I’ve worked for a few organisations this year, large and small, that don’t have executive papers. The problem with not having executive papers is that writers produce board papers that read...

‘Directors don’t read their board papers’

‘We know they don’t read their board papers because they ask questions that are addressed in the papers.’ I hear this complaint often from people who write and present to boards. Write so directors can recall the content I am sure there are some...

Writing board papers

This article first appeared in LexisNexis’s journal, Inhouse Counsel. Board papers are a bit like dirty dishes — once you’ve finished one lot, the next lot has piled up, and the board paper round begins again. So how can you make the process simpler for...

Sum it up: how to write a summary

A summary is a concise account of the main points in a document. Some of the terms used to describe summaries in business writing are: ‘executive summary’, ‘overview’, ‘key points’, ‘issues’ or just ‘summary’. Short and long summaries How you approach writing a...