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Submissions and Briefings

16th January 2019

A practical workshop to prepare effective written and oral submissions and briefings

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the differences between submissions and briefings
  • Learn how to structure and prepare a written submission and briefing
  • Learn about current best practice
  • Develop effective presentation and communication skills for oral briefing
  • Understand the needs of Ministers and how to convey information to them effectively
  • Understand the needs of your audience and then tailor your submission or briefing accordingly

Programme

9:15
Registration
9:45
Chair's Introduction
10:00
How to Prepare Effective Written Submissions
current guidance and best practice, preparation, content, structure, layout, length, detail, commissioning, drafting, editing, checking and clearing
11:15
Refreshments
11:30
Effective Written Submissions - Discussion
11:45
Workshop - Writing a Submission
Establishing Criteria, providing choice through objective advice, risks and handling issues, making it real
12:45
Lunch
13:45
Effective Written and Oral Briefing
aims, audience, type of briefing, presentation and communication skills, understanding your audience
14:45
Refreshments
15:00
Effective Briefing - Discussion
15:15
Workshop – Delivering an Oral Briefing
Civil Servant and Minister Role-Play
16:30
Close

Please note that the programme is subject to change without notice

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Comments & Views

“Exceeded my expectations. I will take away lessons learnt in both my personal and professional life.”

Victoria Low, Ofgem

“Friendly, professional and engaging. Very relevant content, will be great for someone new to this.”

Colin Maddock, DVSA

“It was very useful. I feel more confident in drafting good briefings and submissions.”

Charlotte Firth, Department of Health

“I have been to three Westminster Explained courses, however this Government Exchange course was more enjoyable.”

R. Corben, Her Majesty's Court Service