Schools teach you to make your reports longer and (maybe) add a summary. And if you add a summary, they tell you to put it at the end of the report.
It the real world you make the report as long as it needs to be (and no longer) plus…
You include a summary and you put it first!
How long should the summary be?
I try hard to keep it down to one paragraph. If I find the summary going longer than one paragraph, I really have to look and make sure I have a good reason to add that extra.
And the summary is literally first. Top half of page one.
Clients love this. Especially attorneys and paralegals. And if they like your reports, there’s better odds that they will hire you for additional work!