Today’s executives and senior managers are increasingly time constrained and pulled in different directions, with multiple issues competing for their attention. As a result, they may only have a few minutes in which to be briefed orally by staff. While this can be challenging for staff, successful briefings are achievable.

This engaging, hands-on workshop will enhance your knowledge of how to deliver an effective oral briefing. You’ll have multiple opportunities to deliver oral briefings and receive feedback from the trainers and your fellow participants on both your verbal and non-verbal communication. You’ll leave with concrete tools and increased confidence in your ability to brief senior management.

Learning Outcomes

  • Information needs of senior management
  • Structure for an effective four-minute oral briefing
  • Structure for an effective two-minute oral briefing
  • Structure for an effective value proposition
  • Source-oriented versus receiver-oriented communication
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication
  • Common problems with oral briefings (for example, complexity or level of detail)


6 hours

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Nathan Lockhart, M.A., CEC, is a learning professional and certified executive coach with more than 20 years of experience. He has provided one-on-one coaching to executives on a range of topics related to leadership and communications. He has also delivered more than 500 workshops to organizations in the private and non-governmental sectors and to more than 60 federal departments, including all three central agencies. A former employee of Health Canada and the Privy Council Office, Nathan’s knowledge spans a number of important disciplines including public policy development, negotiation, issues management and strategic communications. He is a dynamic public speaker with a strong understanding of workplace challenges and demands facing today's professionals.