Writing Executive Summaries
The main goal of an executive summary is to provide the reader with a condensed version of your following report. An executive summary can be anywhere from 1 page to 10 pages long--however, it should be no longer than 10% of the actual report. The point of this summary is to provide readers with an option to skim the report. It should tell exactly what is contained in the report in a shorter version.
Types of Summaries
There are three types of summaries:
- Standard Summaries
- Executive Summaries
The standard summary is the type of summary which refers to another summary of someone's published work.
An Abstract's purpose is to highlight some important points about a longer written work. This gives readers the opportunity to decide whether they're interested in reading the longer text.
An Executive Summary summaries a report for the reader. This summary may repeat copies of text within your report as long as the entire summary is a shortened version of your report. Because most business reports include recommendations in the conclusion, it is important to include that part in your summary as well.