Business Writing Essentials for Finance Professionals

This is a restricted entry course for public sector experienced finance professionals.

Effective business writing is clear, concise, and compelling – for the reader. This one-day course is designed to teach the essential skills and strategies needed to write in this manner in your work environment.

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Description

Who should attend:

Experienced public finance professionals who lack confidence about his or her writing skills, or who wishes to write more efficiently and effectively. This course is relevant for anyone who writes as part of his or her job – from trainee to chief executive.

 

Learning Objectives

To gain a clear and confident understanding of:

  • the overall purpose of communication
  • the principles of successful communication
  • optimal writing process and the impact of premature drafting
  • the impact of style in general and verbosity in particular
  • the impact of the words and punctuation you choose
  • How to produce robust briefs and outlines
  • Effective document structure for any document
  • Why we overwrite and how to avoid doing it
  • The purpose and effective usage of all punctuation marks
  • How to critique and edit any document

Learn:

  • How to produce robust briefs and outlines
  • Effective document structure for any document
  • Why we overwrite and how to avoid doing it
  • The purpose and effective usage of all punctuation marks
  • How to critique and edit any document

 Course Content:

  • The system (why we communicate, the principles of successful communication)
  • Optimal process
    • optimal briefs
    • optimal outlines
    • writing-up a robust outline
  • The tools of written communication
    • document structure, headings, paragraphs, sentences
    • word choice, grammar, punctuation

 

Course Format:

This course employs a seminar and workshop format. There will be opportunities to practice the skills learnt and receive feedback. All attendees receive a copy of Clear, Concise, Compelling: How to write less and achieve more, an 80-page, full-colour, spiral-bound guidebook written by course presenter, Simon Hertnon. The guidebook provides a useful resource for maintaining and expanding on knowledge gained on the day.