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We know you want to create effective briefings and submissions that can influence key decision makers and stakeholders. But, putting complex information into a short, well-structured document requires efficient writing skills.

By attending our Effective Briefing and Submissions course, gain confidence by working with Communications Trainer, Sue Calthorpe, to acquire the skills and tools to write more informative and compelling briefings.

Gain techniques to develop more effective planning structures; learn how to write accurate, clear and understandable text; perfect how you express different options and ask for decisions, and discover how to distil large volumes of information into clear and succinct summaries.

Take back a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to inform, convince and persuade stakeholders and decision makers.

What Makes Understanding ModernGov different?

Delegates on this course will be given free access to The Understanding ModernGov Network. An online community platform where you can keep in touch with your trainer and your fellow course mates. We pull together exclusive content and a dynamic activity feed; member profiles; conversations and comments; topics and articles; polls, questions, and posts; events; direct messaging between members; and more.

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practice with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow. Click here to discover more!

Please note we will be using MS Teams to deliver this course.

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Sue Calthorpe
Media & Communications Specialist

Susan works with organisations and individuals to improve their written communications skills.

She worked as a regional and national newspaper journalist before setting up a full-service communications company, now established for 30 years.

She works with public and private sector organisations to help with:

  • Effective emails
  • Report writing
  • Briefings and submissions
  • Persuasive and influential writing techniques
  • Promotional writing
  • Effective complaint handling
  • Communicating complex information for non-technical readers.

Her recent clients include Legal & General, HSBC, BRIT, the Law ...

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Learning Outcomes

  • Apply classroom examples to real-life documents
  • Understand how to read quickly and identify key facts
  • Learn where to put key facts on a page – ensure they are noticed
  • Acquire a range of techniques to create concise, complete and consistent documents for a busy workplace
  • 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.

Enquire About In-House Training

To speak to someone about a bespoke training programme, please contact us:
0800 542 9414
[email protected]


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09:25 - 09:30


09:30 - 10:00

Ice Breaker and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:50

Effective Planning

  • Develop more effective planning structures to construct coherent briefings
  • You will work through practical exercises with the trainer to help them develop effective planning structures
10:50 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

Writing Accurate, Brief, Clear and Deliverable Text

  • Establish a single tone of voice from multiple documents
  • Gain techniques to display facts in an engaging and informative way
  • Create a clear structure and message throughout your piece of writing
  • Identify what tone best suits the type of information you are trying to convey
12:00 - 12:10


12:10 - 13:10

Expressing Options and Asking for Decisions

  • Learn where to put key facts on a page to ensure they are noticed
  • Producing key messages from complex documents while maintaining the author’s voice
13:10 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:50

Elevator Pitches and Boardroom Briefing

  • Briefing accurately and engagingly
  • Learn how to give effective briefs ‘on the spot’
  • Recognise common mistakes and how to overcome them
14:50 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:00

Producing Clear Summaries

  • Ensure the text is engaging and informative
  • Learn how to produce a clear and succinct summary
  • Gain the tools to get the reader to understand key pieces of information
  • Utilise editing and selection techniques to include the most important and relevant information
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close