Writing Executive Summaries

Executive Summaries Overview

An executive summary is a brief overview of a report designed to give readers a preview of the report’s contents. Its purpose is to consolidate the principal points. After reading the summary, your audience should understand the main points you are making and the evidence for those points without having to read every part of your report in full. That's why they are called executive summaries—the audience is usually someone who makes funding, personnel, or policy decisions and needs information quickly and efficiently. Remember that your purpose is to provide an overview or preview to an audience who may or may not have time to read the whole report carefully.

Guidelines for Writing Executive Summaries

Howe Writing Initiative ‧ Farmer School of Business ‧ Miami University

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