Must-Read Guidelines for Writing an Executive Summary
An executive summary is your preface to your report. It enables your readers to know what you are proposing to do and why she or he should spend more of their precious time on reading your in-depth proposal or report.
Basically, it is the document that advertises your intent; puts forth the major points of the report, and it describes any results, conclusions, or recommendations from the report; and will grab their attention and get them interested in your proposal.
An Executive Summary:
- Should be concise and clear.
- Should be one to four pages. The overall length shall be directly proportional to the length of your business plan.
- Should be written in a professional tone.
- Should be a stand-alone document.
Now that you know what an executive summary should be, let us focus on how to write one that is as described above. Here are few guidelines to help you write a knock-out executive summary.