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Executive Summaries

When readers want you to communicate your findings in a clear, no-nonsense way, the executive summary is the first place they look. However, most executive summary readers are busy and do not often have a nuanced understanding of your research field. This can be a problem! Luckily, we can teach you strategies to help solve this problem, including:

  • How to tailor your message to your audience
  • How to compact complex content into a one-page summary

If you're ready to start, you can download our handout on executive summaries below!

Executive Summary Handout

Additionally, you can view our video on executive summary writing for engineers (something easily applicable to other fields too). We also have a couple examples of executive summaries for you to reference; the "A" is the before version and the "B" after.

Example Executive Summaries

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