F2F Class Notes (Lily)

Saturday Study Plan

topic: Briefings


  • provides history and other information to bring the managers/client up to speed on the issue.
  • should not be controversial or subject to dispute
  • set the stage for consideration
  • may include current status


-current status and relevance to needs, desires and strategic priorities ( budgets)

pros and cons of your option, including the feasibility, costs, benefits and risk

-consultations conducted -SWOT (strength –> internal capabilities , weaknesses –> internal vulnerabilities, opportunities–> external circumstances that can be exploited, threats –> external circumstances that present a danger)

( in addressing SWOT, we should consider :

-political factors (public opinion)

-economic factors ( budget consideration, financial impact on stakeholders)

-social factors (impact on education, culture, families, employees)

-technological factors (technological capabilities and constraints)

-legal factors (requirements of law, regulations, treaties, or contracts)

-ecological factors (impact on wildlife, oceans, greenhouse gases)


answer the questions “so what?”

state the department’s position

tells the manager/client what happens next and when he or she will be briefed again.


  • this section tells the client what you would like him to do to bring about the desired outcome
  • include a deadline, if needed.

** the most valuable briefing is clear, concise, and easy to read.

before you starting writing, be sure you are clear about

-why you’re writing (purpose)

-who you’ve writing to (reader)

-the points you will cover

-how you will structure your information

** is the purpose of the BN clear?

is the language simple, economical and clear?

do the sections lead logically from one to another?

has the briefing note been carefully edited and proofread?