Briefings on Demand Part 1: Written Briefs - Institute on Governance

Briefings on Demand Part 1: Written Briefs

Build your skills, explore key tools, and practice writing effective briefing notes.


Course Description

  • As a public servant, writing briefings is one of your most important skills. Briefings on Demand Part 1: Written Briefs is a half-day webinar designed to give you an opportunity not only to learn how to write strong briefing notes, but also to practice these skills in an optional follow-up assignment.
  • Our experienced facilitators will give you guidance, tips and structure about how to deliver strong written briefings to senior managers. You will gain insights into expectations of executives of your content, layout and strategic vision.
  • To really improve, you need to practice these skills. During the week following the webinar, you will have the chance to submit a writing practice exercise (chosen from three different options explained during the webinar), which will be reviewed by our experienced public service executives, with comments and suggestions.
  • You should attend this webinar if you are a public servant at any level of government and experience who would like to improve your written briefing skills.
  • Take advantage of Part 2 of Briefings on Demand where we will explore and build on your Oral Briefing skills.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will learn the importance of briefings in the public service decision-making process. 
  • You will explore key briefing tools for both oral and written briefs. 
  • You will cover key tips for understanding your audience and what they need to know. 
  • You will learn about the structure of a briefing note and tips for good writing. 
  • You will learn how to take your writing to the next level through strategic thinking. 
  • You will be given an optional exercise to write following the webinar, to submit for comment and suggestions. 

This Is a Two-Part Webinar:

Learn about Briefings on Demand Part 2: Oral Briefs here. We offer a special rate for taking Briefings on Demand Part 1 and Part 2 together of $600. Upon registration, be sure to select the two-day special option. The two-day special is not eligible for the bundle discount.

Bundle This Webinar:

This webinar is eligible to be bundled with two other webinars of your choice for a ‘buy 2, get 1 free’ price of $780. Take advantage of our recommended streams (Leadership; Policy: Government Essentials: Innovation) to choose your bundle or mix and match the webinars that best suit your needs. Upon registration, be sure to select the bundle option and then select your webinars. Contact us for support at 613-562-0090 or learningcentre@iog.caNote: If you take the two-day special rate for Briefings on Demand Part 1 and 2, they are not eligible for bundling. 

Customize This Webinar:

This webinar is eligible to be customized as a private offering for your team and organization. Contact us at to discuss your needs. 

Group Discounts:

If you have more than two people attending, you may be eligible for a group discount. Contact us for details at 613-562-0090 or


Guy Boyd


Guy Boyd has broad federal public service experience having worked in six different departments in such varied functions as: policy development; planning, reporting, and performance measurement; business case development; provision of advice to ministers and deputy heads; quasi-judicial case management; operational and corporate management; and, training design and delivery (including a stint at the Canada […]

Catherine Waters

Senior Practice Lead  

Expertise: Learning Centre and Leadership– curriculum design and delivery, facilitation and custom instruction  Degrees:   BA (Hon) English & French (University of Victoria); MA Public Policy and Administration (Carleton University); MSc Labour Economics (London School of Economics).  Catherine Waters is Senior Practice Lead in the IOG Leadership and Learning Centre. She has extensive experience as a consultant, researcher […]


“I want to pass my appreciation on to Guy and the IOG for such an informative session. Guy is an excellent instructor, and I was impressed with how he was able to engage the class, even during these challenging circumstances. I found his “tips” very useful, and his examples were relevant and helpful in solidifying different concepts.”

– Past webinar participant

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