ATTP 5-0.1, Chapter 10

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.

1. Introduction

  • 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.

3. Closing

  • Ask for questions.
  • Briefly recap main ideas and make a concluding statement.