Courses

Briefings on Demand


December 8, 2016 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

March 15, 2017 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Registration

Event Type: Course

A new government means exploring and briefing on new approaches and new policies.  This one-day course provides a comprehensive review of the government briefing process.  It discusses the purpose and importance of different kinds of briefs and provides concrete advice on how to prepare more effective briefings.

Who should participate in this course?

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.

Participants will understand:

  • The government context within which the public service operates and the public servant’s role and responsibilities in the briefing process
  • The purpose and importance of different kinds of briefings and how these are often combined to achieve more effective presentations
  • The key elements of an “effective” written briefing, PowerPoint presentation and oral briefing

Throughout the course, the instructors also provide a number of concrete “tips” to help you better plan, organize and prepare more effective briefing notes and other briefing materials.

What you can expect:

The course is delivered by seasoned public servants, who use practical exercises and real-world case studies to help you improve your briefing skills.  The course also uses interactive classroom discussions to explore the evolving challenges of preparing clear, well-structured briefs against tight timelines.

What past participants have said about the course:

“An excellent workshop and great reference material to use back in the office.”

“I really enjoyed the anecdotes shared by the instructors and their real government examples.”

“The workshop was very practical with lots of tips and advice I can put into practice immediately.”

Course fee

The cost of this course is $890 (no HST) per person. The price includes expert facilitation, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee, and a buffet lunch. Registration is done through an online registration system where you can pay by credit card or request an invoice.

Why this course is important

Providing advice and information in an accurate and timely way is a key responsibility of today’s public service professionals. Many forms of written and oral briefings are used to communicate with senior officials and elected leaders and play a critical role in advancing the government decision-making process.

The IOG value-added

All IOG courses are prepared and taught by those who have held senior positions in the federal government. They are guided by a Learning Committee of senior federal government public servants.

For those who wish to have an adapted course that is specific to their issues and requirements, customized course offerings can be delivered on request for branches, teams or groups, in English or French, in any part of the country. For more information about customized courses, contact Toby Fyfe at tfyfe@iog.ca or at 613-562-0090 x242 for details.

The IOG also offers the Coaching Circle, to assist executives and officers at all levels of government as well as non-profit and other organizations in the development of their leadership skills.


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