Common Mistakes to Avoid in Your Board Reports

Your board report is the key to keeping your board members informed on all of the important developments since your last meeting. A well-crafted and concise board report can help improve your overall organization’s performance and allow you to achieve the most effective results possible for your clients.

Many companies struggle with creating an executive report that will be adored by their members. A poorly written report can cause confusion, poor decision-making, and lack of clarity about the direction your company is taking. To ensure that your board’s reports are both effective and efficient there are some common mistakes to avoid.

Inadequately presenting an executive summary The executive summary is an essential element of your board report. It provides the information and context for each slide in your report, allowing your board members to easily comprehend and take in the information you’ve presented.

Only presenting positive news: In only presenting positive information in your report to the board can mislead the board, and influence their decision-making. A good board report is open and contains both successes and failures to give a balanced and balanced analysis.

Failure to include committee reports The inclusion of the status of different committees in your board report will allow your board members to stay up-to-date on the latest developments and any issues that might arise.

Not using visuals enough The board members are more likely to read and engage with your report if it contains tables, infographics and images. The human brain is more at processing visual information than text alone, so make sure to incorporate some type of visualization into your board reports.