0 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.


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.

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.

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.

Course Description

The program is led by seasoned senior executives who have worked in and navigated today’s challenging environment.

Briefings on Demand will provide a series of skills and abilities to improve your briefing abilities. Using a case study, the facilitators will take participants through concrete examples of preparing a written briefing note, a written brief and the 2-minute ‘elevator pitch’. Participants will learn how to effectively structure their briefs for better impact and how to deliver them to influence decision-makers.

What you will gain

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 and oral briefings

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

Who should attend?

Typical attendee profile(s):

Public Servants

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.

What's included

Expert facilitation, course materials, morning and afternoon coffee, and a buffet lunch.

Course fee(s)

$990 per attendee

As a not-for-profit organization, the IOG does not charge HST.

Registration is done through an online registration system where you can select to pay by credit card or request an invoice.

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 learningcentre@iog.ca.

Main contact

613-562-0090 x200
0 day courseIn Ottawa, ON
This course has no upcoming sessions scheduled.

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.

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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