Your board report is the most important thing to keeping your board members current with all the significant happenings since the last meeting. A well-written and concise board report will help to improve your overall organization’s performance and help you deliver the most effective results possible for your customers.

Many companies struggle with creating an executive report that is adored by their stakeholders. A poorly written report could cause confusion, poor decision-making, and lack clarity about the direction of your organization. Avoid these common mistakes to ensure your reports to the board are effective and efficient.

Not incorporating a thorough executive summary The executive summary is an essential element of your report to the board. It gives your board members the details and key takeaways from each slide of your report which makes it easier for them to understand and absorb the information you’re present.

Only presenting positive news: Presenting only positive news in your report to the board can mislead the board, and influence their decision-making. A good board report is unbiased and includes both successes and failures to provide a well-rounded an honest and balanced review.

Failure to include committee reports The inclusion of the status of your committees in your report will allow your board members to stay informed about the latest developments and any issues that could be emerging.

Visuals are important: Your board members will be more enthused with your report if you include infographics, photos, and tables. The human brain is better at processing visual information than text on its own, so make sure to include some form of visualization into your board reports.