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Posted on January 12, 2018
Updated on September 3, 2020
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This page is an abridged version of the main page on Team Briefings: Techniques, Tips and Templates.

How to design and run a team briefing

Team Briefings outline the objectives of the team, assess past performance and discuss any possible queries that anyone may have. 

It is also an opportunity to communicate wider organisational messages to your team members. Briefings should be undertaken regularly in order to stay on top of all projects. All members should be present. Conducting a briefing can be daunting, but it is an important skill for any leader. We have set out the important guidelines below.

Firstly, it is essential that team objectives are outlined in the briefing. This includes the aims of the team, and how it aligns to the organisation’s overall goals, as well as individual responsibilities

Once this has been done, it is also important to listen to feedback from the team about past projects and the new objectives. Listening and reacting to the needs of the team and subsequently tailoring future plans is the key to effective leadership

Another key skill in these scenarios is to ensure all members are involved and are making equal contributions. It is natural that some individuals will be less keen to voice their concerns, while some may speak a lot. The key skill here is to involve all team members equally. Briefings can be an extremely powerful tool in motivating your team members and aligning the organisation’s objectives with your teams’.


Resources

Team Briefing Template
Briefing Calendar
Feedback Form
Preparation Template
Core Brief Template
Briefing Attendance Register
Briefing Guide
Briefing Guidelines