Abbreviations in executive summaries

By Mary Morel

Reader’s question: Should you use abbreviations and acronyms in an executive summary?

My answer: As a general rule, do not use abbreviations or acronyms in an executive summary, but use your common sense. I would use an an acronym or abbreviation if it were more common than the full term or used several times.

As always, when you use an abbreviation or acronym, spell out the term in the first instance and put the abbreviation in brackets.

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If you use an abbreviation in the executive summary, you need to spell it out again the first time you use it in the body of the report.

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