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|Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide fairly for the land's afflicted. Is. 11:3b-4a|
O Lord, the powers of this age make their judgments about right and wrong, about who will serve and who will be served. But You, Lord, measure with a different standard. Help me to recognize the poor around me that I may treat them with Your justice. Grant me the wisdom to know who the afflicted are, and grant me the courage to act to ease their pain and suffering. Amen.
When writing your executive summary, ask yourself in those who read the summary will be those who will read the entire report.
If you are dealing with two different groups of people, you will have to decide how much technical detail to include in the summary.
You might have three types of readers:
- Those who want a full picture but will not check the details.
- Those who read everything, data and appendices included.
- Those who are in executive positions, wish to be kept informed on what is going on in the company, and will say yes or no to a project.
You will only include the main ideas, facts, and the necessary background to understand the problem, the alternatives, and the major conclusions.
Brevity and conciseness are the keys to a well-written summary.
Do not take a few sentences from key sections of the document.
Rather, go over the entire document and make notes of what you consider important.
From your notes, create a rough draft of the summary.
Then, polish what you have written until it is smooth and seamless without unnecessary wordiness.
Ensure that you executive summary is accurate and representative of your full document.
It should not be misleading, but it should give readers the same impression as if they had read the entire report.
You can expect an executive summary to be read more frequently and by more people than will your entire document.
An executive summary is a report in miniature.
The executive summary contains enough information for readers to become acquainted with the full document without reading it.
- A statement of the problem.
- Some background information.
- A description of any alternatives.
- The major conclusions.
Someone reading an executive summary should get a good idea of main points of the document without becoming bogged down with the details.
With the possible exception of the conclusions and recommendations, the executive summary is the most important part of a report.
It should be the best-written and most polished piece of the document.
This is because many readers may only look at the executive summary when deciding whether or not to read the entire document.
The summary is a mini version of the report.
It is meant to let your reader digest your report in 10 minutes or less.