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The ability to explain complex information simply is crucial in ensuring an effective decision making process.

By attending this Effective Submissions and Briefings course, delegates will acquire the skills and tools to present information to different types of audiences, whether it’s colleagues or senior managers.

The course comprises a combination of tutor input, delegate discussion and group work, to help public sector professionals to understand what they need to do, to produce more effective submissions and briefings.

Working with communications trainer, Sue Calthorpe, delegates will leave the day with all the necessary tools to help inform, convince and persuade peers and senior managers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire a range of techniques to create concise, complete and consistent documents for a busy workplace
  • Understand how to read quickly and identify key facts
  • Learn where to put key facts on a page – ensure they are noticed
  • Apply classroom examples to real life documents.
  • Construct key sentences, informative paragraphs and useful documents to create the kind of impact that public sector organisations and professionals require
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:20

Summarising: A Short Exercise

  • Identify the key points in any text
  • Effectively summarise the important information
  • How to convey facts in an engaging, clear and accurate manner
10:20 - 11:00

Effective Business Writing Techniques

Combines tutor input with practical exercises to practise the dos and don’ts of effective summary writing.

  • Recognise the main steps to effectively summarising documents
  • Extract the ‘must know’ information in long documents quickly
  • Identify the logical order and reproduce it more concisely
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 11:45

Summarising & Responding to Different Documents

  • Identify what tone best suits the information you are trying to convey
  • Establish a single tone of voice from multiple documents
11:45 - 12:30

Key Messages

  • Producing key messages from complex documents while maintaining the author’s voice
  • Learn where to put key facts on a page – ensure they are noticed
12:30 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:30

Planning Structures

  • Effective planning structures to construct coherent briefings
  • Delegates will work through practical exercises with the trainer to help them develop effective planning structures
14:30 - 16:00

Elevator Pitches and Boardroom Briefing

  • Learn how to give effective briefs ‘on the fly’
  • Briefing accurately and engagingly
  • Recognise common mistakes and how to overcome them
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


etc. Venues – Marble Arch, London

Garfield House 86 Edgware Road, London, W2 2EA