Writing Effective Briefing Notes – 2 Day Online Workshop (PV848)
Techniques for Writing Clearly and Concisely
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Briefing notes are an essential means for staff to inform, advise, and influence the decision-making process in public and private sector organizations.
This workshop uses practical exercises to develop skills in writing effective briefing notes. You will learn techniques for planning, drafting, summarizing complex information, improving your writing skills, and editing.
The workshop is highly interactive with frequent opportunities to receive feedback. Participants are also invited to bring samples of their work for review by the instructor.
This is a two-day virtual live workshop.
Space is still available for all course dates listed, unless otherwise noted.
By the end of this virtual workshop, you will be able to:
Identify how the briefing note aids in decision making
Use your in-house templates correctly
Prepare a writing plan with a clear communication objective
Plan what information needs to be collected
Write the first draft from a plan
Summarize complex information
Edit to clarify and strengthen the message
The Purpose of the Briefing Note
How senior managers use briefing notes to make decisions
How to analyze the needs and interests of the receiver
Consequences of incomplete, incorrect, or unclear briefing notes
The Structure of Briefing Notes
Briefing note templates vary from one organization to another. This course uses a generic template and relates the key learning points to participants’ own in-house templates:
– Next steps
Overview of different types of notes:
The 4 Stages of Effective Writing
Pre-writing and planning
How to Plan your Briefing Note
Analyzing your receiver’s needs/interests
Identifying central idea/main points/sub-points
How to Write a Summary
Capturing the meaning of the original text
Using your own words
Losing the detail
Applying the process: practical exercises
How to Formulate a Research Plan
Establishing time lines
Identifying critical paths
Identifying internal processes for consultation/gaining approval
How to Write Your Draft from a Plan
Writing your draft from a plan
Using clear, concise sentences
Developing a critical awareness
Practical exercises in planning and writing briefing notes
Feedback from the trainer
How to Improve your Writing Skills
Diagnostic test to identify your training needs
Practical exercises in punctuation, capitalization, grammar and word usage
Correcting grammatical errors
Editing to simplify and clarify the message
Adjusting inappropriate style and tone
Using quality assurance checklists to avoid errors
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(Note: If you are not with an organization, or you are registering personally, please select your own mailing
address province.) If you are from out of Canada, please select ‘Out of Canada’ in the drop down.
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Anyone who needs to write briefing notes as part of their job.
Does This Course Address Your Competency Development Needs?
This training workshop addresses:
• Analytical Thinking
• Computer and Digital Technology
• Decision Making / Decisiveness
• Document Use
• Engagement and Motivation
• Impact and Influence
• Planning / Organizing
• Policy Development
• Reading Skills
• Research, Analysis and Evaluation
• Writing Skills
October 20 - 21, 2020 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Courses in 2020 will be held live online via Zoom. Courses in 2021 will be held at: Innovative Professional Offices 440 Laurier Avenue West, 2nd Floor Ottawa, Ontario