During more than a decade of teaching learners from diverse backgrounds, Florian recognised that there was a gap in the financial knowledge of many professional communications managers. “I noticed that many comms professionals needed a better way of translating the financial information that comes their way, so that they could more effectively align with their financial colleagues.”
“Florian was very engaging. That helped to make the topic more attractive. He also gave clear explanations of a balance sheet and helped us to create a mind map for it. We could ask ‘outsider’ questions. His efforts were greatly appreciated.”
Financial understanding through storytelling
Florian created the three-day programme to strengthen the internal and external financial understanding of professionals from all fields so they can relate financial information to their communications knowledge. Skills explored in the programme include gaining confidence in reading balance sheets, measuring risk and integrated reporting. Participants learn how to tell their company’s financial story– which also gives them insights into deciphering other companies’ financial stories. They learn how to translate the reports from their financial colleagues into a communications narrative.
“We have financial communications colleagues in our department. Now that I have a better understanding about how financial performance is communicated, I am more confident in my internal stakeholder discussions and in communicating important information to the company’s employees.”
Astonishing engagement scores
Feedback from participants is impressive, with a mean score of 9.2 out of 10 overall, 9.5 for the quality of the speaker and 8.8 for the programme’s structure. Participants rated the organisation and facilitation at 9.3, and also the quality and quantity of the literature, giving it 9.0 and 8.75 respectively. A whopping 9.6 of participants recommend the Finance for communication professionals programme to other non-finance professionals.
Florian’s students have remarked that they appreciated the overall view of his course. For some of them, it was the first time that someone had explained finance to them in plain language. Others who work consistently with commercial colleagues – who can glance at the financials and know about a given company based on what their numbers reflect – can now follow those conversations and join in.
On the feedback from his students, Florian said, “I really love that the participants feel more comfortable and confident with the financial side of business. Now that I know my students have enjoyed my first three-day programme, I’m looking into offering a follow-up programme that dives deeper into how to develop a financial narrative, and how to translate incoming cashflow into that narrative by connecting all the dots. Everyone can benefit from more education, and financial literacy is important.”