Have you joined the wave of change? Does your annual report tick off all the statutory stipulations and hum with life? Does it tell a compelling story of what matters to you and your stakeholders? Is it clear and concise?
If you’re twitching with pride right now, jump up and give your report the razzle dazzle it deserves.
Enter this year’s Plain English Awards and your report can leap into the limelight and take a bow. Entries close at midnight on Monday, 3 September 2018.
Fabulous feedback is waiting in the wings
Imagine you and your report basking in this kind of feedback. Here’s what the judges had to say about last year’s winners:
Overall, this is a great example of how you can appease regulatory requirements and appeal to a general reader — a true plain English experience with the audience in mind. Well done!
Great use of visual storytelling and pared-down messaging. The colours are vibrant and engaging.
This report has very little jargon, which is always great to see. The vocabulary is straightforward and clear.
More than just compliance
Gone are the days of an impenetrable collection of numbers and words, prepared for compliance purposes. Shareholders and stakeholders have switched their attention to companies with timely and relevant information shared in a compelling way.
Is this you? If it is, enter this year’s awards today — you need the fabulous feedback, and the world needs excellent examples.
Here’s what winners Z Energy said last year:
We knew making the report highly readable would help readers connect with what Z has achieved and its vision for the future.
A winning report is clear, easy to read, timely, and relevant
Judges will focus on the body of the report and will be checking that:
- all readers (not just the financial wizards) will find it easy to read and use
- readers can use the report to make useful decisions and comparisons.
What makes a clear annual report?
If your report has these elements, the judges will give it the thumbs up.
- Main messages that are clear and obvious
- Clear, concise and jargon free
- Technical terms explained
- Figures presented in an easy-to-understand format
- Graphs, tables and photos that support main messages.
Enter your report for the 2018 Plain English Awards.
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