Telling It Like It Is: written and oral briefings
This workshop explores how to structure your message, suggests new tools, covers the use of plain language—including how to cope with technical jargon, how to reduce the time you spend on drafting, how to manage deadlines and reduce editing. It shares ideas for organizing your time and your thoughts during oral briefings.
This one-day workshop is delivered by a practitioner well-versed in delivering strong, to-the-point briefings. Designed by Leslie Anderson, who has 18 years’ experience briefing senior elected and appointed officials, the course shares tips and insights into what senior people are looking for, how to improve the organization of your notes, and how to ensure that important points don’t get lost. It deals with isolating the issue, proposing real options, and making sensible recommendations.
The day will include individual and group exercises, and will draw on the
experiences of those in the room to complement the knowledge of the workshop leader.
This workshop has received consistently favourable comments from the more than 3000 individuals who have attended since 1998. Offered at one point in time through the Institute on Governance, the workshop have been held for over 15 federal government departments and agencies. Workshops have also been held for the Governments of Nunavut and Nunatsiavut, and the Metis Nation of Ontario.
“I would not have anticipated that someone at my level (i.e. been writing notes forever…) could learn so much.”
"I feel that the material really has equipped me with additional tools to enhance my briefing.”
“Vital to my daily work… long overdue!”
“Pulls together the pieces of the puzzle—suddenly briefings make sense.”
“Very useful refresher for experienced analysts and a must-do for new employees.”
“I wish I had taken this course 29 years ago.”
“The course taught me to be strategic in oral briefings.”
Who should attend
Public servants in policy, communications, science, administration, operations — anyone who is responsible for writing briefing notes or for creating and delivering oral briefings. There is no suggested job or experience level for this workshop. You know if you need to work on this skill.
Schedule and Fees
This workshop can be delivered in
English or French for up to 25 individuals from a single organization at a group rate with a focus on your organization’s formats and subject matter. It can also be tailored to only cover written briefings. A half day oral briefing workshop is also available as is a written briefing workshop for managers.
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