An information briefing presents facts in a form the audience can easily understand. It does not include conclusions or recommendations nor does it result in decisions. The following format works well for an information briefing.
- Greeting. Address the audience. Identify yourself and your organization.
- Type and Classification of Briefing. Identify the type and classification of the briefing. For example, “This is an information briefing. It is classified SECRET.”
- Purpose and Scope. Describe complex subjects from general to specific.
- Outline or Procedure. Briefly summarize the key points and general approach. Explain any special procedures (such as demonstrations, displays, or tours). For example, “During my briefing, I will discuss the six phases of our plan. I will refer to maps of our area of operations. Then my assistant will bring out a sand table to show you the expected flow of battle.” The key points may be placed on a chart that remains visible throughout the briefing.
2. Main Body
- Arrange the main ideas in a logical sequence.
- Use visual aids to emphasize main points.
- Plan effective transitions from one main point to the next.
- Be prepared to answer questions at any time.
- Ask for questions.
- Briefly recap main ideas and make a concluding statement.