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 needlessly.

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 and letters;

  • 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 with others.

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.

                                            With best wishes,