Your board report is essential to keeping your board members updated on all the important developments since the last meeting. A well-written and concise report on your board will improve your overall organization’s performance and help you deliver the highest quality results for your customers.

The creation of a highly effective board report that your stakeholders will appreciate is a big challenge for many companies. A poorly written report for the board can lead to ineffective decision-making, confusion, and an absence of clarity regarding the direction your organization takes. To ensure that your board’s reports are effective and efficient there are some common mistakes to avoid.

Not incorporating a thorough executive summary: The executive summary is a critical element of your report to the board. It provides your board with the details and key takeaways from every slide you present in your report, making it easier for them to comprehend and absorb the information you’re presenting.

Only presenting positive news: presenting only positive news in your board reports misleads the board and can affect their decision-making in a significant way. A good report for board members should always be transparent and contain both successes and failures to provide a balanced, well-rounded assessment.

Inadequately including reports from committees: By including the status of each committee in your report, you will keep your board members informed of the most recent developments, as well as any issues that may arise.

Visuals are crucial Board members will be more involved with your report when you include infographics, pictures, and tables. The human brain is better in processing visual information than text on its own, so make sure to include some form of visualization into your board reports.

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