Persuasive Communications for Financial Officers

Comptrollership Training Centre

FIs are highly-skilled financial professionals and stewards of the public purse frequently called upon to provide strategic financial insight. In providing this strategic insight, a challenge for financial officers can be communicating the information to non-financial professionals and helping them determine what the numbers are actually saying.

In this course, over a 2-to-3-day period in the National Capital Region, participants will learn how to present financial information in a clear and concise way. They will receive hands-on experience applying communications theory through exercises, simulations and case studies, preparing various forms of media such as:

  • written communications (effective briefing notes);
  • visual communications (slide decks, dashboards and data visualization); and
  • oral communications (presentations and public speaking).

It will also contain a simulated senior management panel where participants will be challenged to put their newly-improved communication skills to the test.

Larger themes of the course will focus on translating financial information to senior management / non-financial professionals and how to do so under tight deadlines. More specifically, this course will help financial officers identify and create a narrative around the financial information they’ve prepared then proceed to communicate this narrative in a way that will help them stand out from their peers.

A handful of spots have been set aside for FIs from outside of the NCR, with travel, accommodations and incidentals covered under the JCDP. Participants selected through the JCDP have been contacted.

More information, including a course curriculum, will follow. The program is fully funded by the Joint Career Development Program. Details on how to apply for the JCDP can be found here.

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