The 411

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8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

CEC Training Facility
1900 Merivale Road, Suite 206
Ottawa, ON K2G 4N4

$675 (+hst)
Discounts available.

Registration Closed

Meet the Instructor

Susan Bryan Reid

Susan Bryan Reid

Susan Bryan Reid is a former public service executive with thorough knowledge of government communications and experience in many departments. She has led diverse teams, managed significant budgets, and worked with central agencies and Ministerís Offices on communications issues.

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Testimonials

"Great course overall. It was very insightful and I enjoyed the balance between writing style and the types of documents that go to senior management. The course was well designed and presented. I wouldn't change a thing."


G102
WRITING EFFECTIVELY
FOR YOUR SENIOR MANAGEMENT


WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?

In todayís fast-paced environment, your Senior Managers and Ministers have little time to absorb key information and make decisions to guide their organizations. It is important to understand what these leaders need, and to write texts they can read and act on quickly.

This workshop discusses how to present information, recommendations and advice effectively in writing. Participants will learn tips for writing clearly and apply these tips to briefing notes and presentations for Senior Management, letters for the Ministerís signature, and Cabinet documents.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

WHAT WILL YOU TAKE AWAY?

PREFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

Agenda
8:45 - 9:00 Introductions and Workshop Overview
9:00 - 9:30 Why Do We Write to Senior Management?

Participants consider the multiple demands on Senior Managers and the purpose of written documents for the Big Boss. They discuss what Senior Managers and Ministers need from their advisors.

9:30 - 10:30 Writing Imperatives

Participants examine the key components of good writing and discuss why clear writing matters. Participants practise tips and tricks for writing simply and effectively.

10:30 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 12:00 Preparing to Write for the Big Boss

Participants review the steps for drafting texts for the Big Boss and consider the importance of knowing the purpose, understanding the context, and writing for the reader. They discuss how to develop a senior management perspective and write strategically.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 Notes and Decks for Senior Management

How to structure briefing notes for the Senior Manager and presentations for the Executive Management table. Participants practise composing notes and decks.

3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 4:15 Writing for the Minister(s)

Participants review requirements for writing Treasury Board Submissions, Memoranda to Cabinet, and letters for the Ministerís signature. They practise composing a letter for the Ministerís signature.

4:15 - 4:30 Wrap-up and Workshop Evaluation

Participants complete a short evaluation.