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October 19, 2018

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Briefing Notes Boot Camp

Time: 11:00 am - 4:30 pm Eastern

Cost: $417.00

Group Cost: $1475.00


Briefing notes are critical documents in any public sector organization and preparing briefing notes is often a reflection of your competence.  This one-day Briefing Notes Boot Camp will allow you to develop the skills necessary to excel when writing briefing notes.   

The day consists of the following training webinars:    

1. Best Practices in Writing Briefing Notes (11:00 am - 12:30 pm Eastern) 

A briefing note to your Assistant Deputy Minister, Senior Management team, Deputy Minister or Minister can be a career-defining moment for any public servant. You know your subject but do you know how to communicate it in a way that meets their needs and expectations? Before you write any briefing note, it is critical you understand what, constitutes a 'good' note in the minds of senior decision-makers.  

This training session will enable you to:  

  • Understand the perspective of senior and elected officials  
  • Decide what information you should include/not include in a briefing note  
  • Write more strategically and directly to meet the needs of decision-makers    

2.  Techniques for Writing Briefing Notes for Decision and Information (1:30 pm - 3:00 pm} 

You have been asked to write a briefing note to a senior manager or elected official for either decision or information. Do you know the techniques required to write these very different types of notes? Do you know how to produce a good note under time pressure?  

This training session will enable you to:    

  • Maximize the department's template
  • Write convincingly and develop effective writing techniques 
  • Write in a style which is easy to understand
  • Develop the skills to prepare an excellent note

3.  Writing Exceptional Briefing Notes for Meetings (3:00 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern)

Your Deputy Minister or Minister is scheduled to meet with a key stakeholder group or attend an important conference. As the subject-matter expert, you have been asked to write a briefing note.  A scenario or meeting note is very different from an information or decision note. Do you know the best practices for writing the kind of meeting note to assist your senior official and achieve the outcome sought by the department? 

This training session will enable you to:    

  • Understand the dynamics of a senior level meeting
  • Write strategically to achieve the outcome sought by your department
  • Write under time pressure
Who Should Attend:

The Briefing Notes Boot Camp is designed for public servants who wish to develop the required skills for writing excellent briefing notes.

In this information-packed TeleCourse, you will learn:
The Briefing Notes Boot Camp will include the following:
  • The real-world context in which Ministers and senior officials use your briefing note
  • The questions decision-makers always ask
  • The factors senior officials consider when making decisions
  • The style of briefing note which best helps decision-makers do their jobs
  • Examples of the most common mistakes writers make
  • Best practices – the elements of a “good” briefing note
  • How to make the departmental template work for you
  • How to design strategic options and analyze the pros and cons of each
  • How to master the most difficult part of a note
  • Writing style tips
  • How to write under time pressures

This day of extensive training will be delivered by a highly experienced trainer and practitioner. David is a former Senior Assistant Deputy Minister and Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet in the federal Privy Council Office with over thirty years of experience briefing Prime Ministers, Ministers and Deputy Ministers. For over fifteen years, David has conducted countless training sessions across government departments and his training expertise is sought after by public sector organizations.

How to Attend:

Prior to the session, we will send you simple log-in instructions,  In the event you miss any of the sessions a recording will be made available to you for viewing at your leisure 

An Individual Five-Year Unlimited Training Pass for all courses can be purchased for $750.00.  A Five-Year Unlimited Office Training Pass may be purchased for $4,450 for up to 10 employees,  $5,700 for up to 20 employees and $7,900 for up to 50 employees (for larger department discounts, please contact us at 1-888-764-1542).