PPG1007, Section I – Week 10

… agenda for PPG1007, section I, 21 March 2018

Minister’s Briefing – Presentation dry runs

1 (2:00 PM) – Outline of the meeting and welcome to resource persons for the dry runs of Minister’s Briefing Cases for PPG1007 Section I

  • Anna Strathy playing the role of Minister Jane Philpott
  • Rob St. Pierre playing the role of Deputy Minister Jean-François Tremblay
  • André Côté playing the role of Treasury Board Secretary Peter Wallace
  • Lora Thacker playing the role of Regional Director General Anne Scotton
Note on what is real and what is simulated

The clients on the right are real in that all four have agreed, or are likely to agree, to look at the links below containing the PowerPoint decks after they receive an email from the instructor or from Anne Scotton just before or soon after the final class. Today’s exercise provides students with a sense of how Ministers and senior officials respond to briefings and to reflect on how their presentations might be improved.

2 – Reflections on 14 March plenary class with Peter Wallace and feedback from the session with OLIP on Challenging Trends in PSE and Three Examples of Pedagogical Response, 16 March 2018

3 (2:10 PM) – Minister’s Briefing Presentations: Team A – Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Communities – Kaitlin De Menna, Emily Graham, Rebecca Hellam, and Joseph Sorestad

4 (2:30 PM) – Minister’s Briefing Presentations: Team B – Services for Indigenous Peoples in Toronto – Rupinder Bagha, Katerina Stamadianos, Nicole Winger, and Tony Yin

5 (2:50 PM) – Minister’s Briefing Presentations: Team C – Education for First Nations Community Services – Daniel Blazekovic, Reena Manjania, Madeline Poole, and Duncan Tooley

6 (3:10 PM) – Minister’s Briefing Presentations: Team D – Engaging Graduate Students in Real Cases – Sacha Forstner, Sanya Ramnauth, Jessica Sopher, and Alec Wreford

7 (3:30 – 3:45 PM) – Concluding discussion of presentation dry runs

BREAK (3:45 – 4:00 PM)

Class mission statement

8 – 60 second briefs on the application of course concepts to the Minister’s Briefing assignment. Each team devotes 60 seconds to respond to each of the four questions below (4 minutes in total). Teams determine which member answers which question.

  1. As we reach the final week of the Minister’s Briefing Assignment, what insights can your team glean from re-applying the Public Value Scorecard to your project and what additional work does this imply in the next five days?
  2. How is your team dealing with Managing Risk and with Organizing and Measuring for Performance?
  3. How is your team addressing the task of Consulting Stakeholders and Engaging Citizens?
  4. Which Resource Persons for First Nation Cases and which SPPG People do your team plan to consult with in the next five days to refine your presentation and recommendations?

9 – Next steps for Minister’s Briefing assignment

  • Completed webpage and PowerPoint email submissions to instructor by midnight Tuesday, 27 March
  • Instructor uploads to Atlas and send email to guests (Graham, Mitchell, Scotton, and Thacker) early on Wednesday 28 March before their lunch meeting that day
  • Presentations and feedback from guests at class on 28 March
  • Teams may submit revised webpage and PowerPoint up to midnight, 3 April
  • On 4 April 2018 emails with links to the webpages are sent to the real clients and to others among the Resource Persons for First Nation Cases and SPPG People seeking feedback to instructor before the class lunch with the Director on 18 April
  • Instructor posts marks for the Minster’s Briefing assignment and for the course as a whole to Blackboard by 20 April

10 – Discussion of application of Speaking to Persuade concepts to the dry-run presentations

Making Slide Presentations

Beginning with a Grabber

Ending Memorably

Elevator Pitch

Practicing the Presentation

Pre-speech Warm Ups

Body Language and Posture

Voice Projection and Volume

Speech Pauses

Eliminating Filler Words

Supplementary concepts from Presenting and Speaking


Knowing the Audience

Simplicity and Clarity

Narrative Theory

Primers for Polemicists – Comparing Rules from Harries and Alinsky

Assertiveness and Likeability


Analogies and Metaphors

Counter-intuitive Facts and Arguments

11 – Breakout teams (A-D) on the Munk Amalgamation Student Initiative

  • What is the earliest feasible date for a visit to the Harvard Kennedy School or to the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs?
  • Is a visit in May feasible and, if so, what is the latest feasible date?
  • What is the best length and design of your team’s memorandum to the director, remembering Behn’s Craft of Memo Writing
  • Next steps on producing the memorandum to the director to be circulated to Section I students on 3 April
  • Organizing to present at the 4 April class the key ideas in their memorandum to the director on their proposed Munk amalgamation student initiative
  • Remembering that at the 4 April class each of the students does a 60-second brief using the techniques of the Elevator Pitch on their group’s proposal

12 – Discussion of breakout team conclusions

13 – Next week: PPG1007 Week 11, Minister’s Briefing – Final Presentations

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 22 March 2018. Highlighting for Week 12 added 2 April 2018.