Writing Effective Briefing Materials

Leadership teams including ministers, senior executives, deputy ministers, and managers are required to respond quickly and effectively to complex and ever-changing issues – both internally and externally. Briefing materials provide a structured effective way to funnel information in a consistent, responsible format that identifies key messages. The briefing note synthesizes all the information and considerations the decision maker needs to be aware of when communicating. The ideal briefing note is succinct and easy to understand. Participants examine various types of briefing notes, elements of responsibility, accountability and liability, formatting and structure, and the required writing skills for each part of a note. Participants engage in a variety of learning activities and apply a variety of skills and strategies to prepare and deliver clear, concise briefing notes that can be used effectively by senior leaders.

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