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The 2-Hour Briefing Note (April 25)
Tue, 25 April 2017, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Gone are the days of having a week or more to develop briefing material. In today’s world, information is expected quickly and accurately, often leaving public servants with only a matter of hours to develop their notes.
The “2-Hour Briefing Note” will teach you how to maximize your time, properly organize your information, and impress senior management with a well-crafted briefing note. Taught by an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience with the federal government, this workshop gives you the tools and strategies that you need to do an effective job in today’s public service.
This workshop uses both theory and practical exercises to help you improve your briefing skills. You will learn how to deliver the information that senior management needs, in a manner that is concise, clear and relevant.
By the end of the workshop, participants will:
- Develop confidence in their writing skills.
- Understand the different types of briefing notes and their respective roles.
- Be able to identify audience and needs.
- Know the parts of a briefing note and how to use them.
- Have strategies for delivering clear, concise briefing materials.
- Be able to write a briefing note in only two hours.
Who should take this workshop?
This course is designed for public servants who want to improve their briefing skills. This includes those who are moving into policy or program positions that require significant briefings or those who have extensive briefing experience, but want to “brush up” their skills. These may be program officers, policy analysts, managers, or anyone who is called on to produce effective briefing notes at work.
9:00 Why do we write briefing notes?
- Different types, audience; Role in decision making
- What happens when briefing notes are poorly written?
10:00 Briefing note structure
- The sections of a briefing note explained
11:00 The 2-Hour Briefing Note method
- Preparation, planning, thinking ahead and other things that take too much time
- Quick research techniques
1:00 The 2-Hour Briefing Note method (continued…)
- Start writing and don’t look back
- Editing on the fly
2:00 Case study
- Small groups review a scenario and develop a briefing note
3:00 Collaborative learning
- Groups present their briefing notes
- Receive feedback from the instructor and other participants
3:45 Tips, tricks and tools
- 10 tips for briefing notes
- How to look prepared even when you aren’t
- The 2-Hour Briefing Note shortcut template
4:15 Summary and evaluation