Board Paper Bootcamp

10 Days


Cohort-based Course

Learn to crystallize the messaging for papers and presentations with minimal rework for you and your team.

Course overview

Write papers that lead to better, faster decisions from your Board

Is this familiar?

You are sitting down to review another round of edits on your latest Senior Leadership Team (SLT) or Board paper.


This is the fourth round of minutiae you have received.


There are minor comments and tweaks in track changes throughout. The draft is a sea of red and you can’t work out what is wrong.


You referred to examples your predecessor left you. You and the team have thoroughly addressed every issue the template raises, so this paper should deliver what is needed.


On top of this, you urgently need leadership support if the project is to go ahead.


But your stakeholders’ continuous focus on minutiae is driving you nuts. They are muddying the message which you have worked toward.


What on earth is going on?

Seemingly endless rounds of minor edits are getting in the way of a project that will make a real difference to meeting key performance indicators.


You settle in for a long night as your days are full moving the project forward and the last thing you want is for your manager to rewrite your paper again.


Many executives tell me they draft multiple iterations of every paper and that it is not uncommon to present to leadership multiple times before getting a decision.

They think this is a normal part of professional life.

It doesn't have to be.

I have seen many executives turn this around and look forward to helping you do the same.


Wouldn’t it be amazing if you consistently got better, faster decisions from papers and presentations that are (mostly!) written within regular working hours?

Board Paper Bootcamp teaches you how.

For executives preparing papers and presentations for senior leaders and Boards


Experienced executives who engage with senior leaders and the Board to drive the organisation forward.


Finance leaders preparing and reviewing business cases drafted by divisional teams.


Company secretaries supporting senior leaders in preparing papers for top decision-makers.

You'll leave the Board Paper Bootcamp with ...

A strategy to get clarity around the brief really quickly

My Elevate framework sets up a simple strategy for clarifying the desired outcome for your paper. It works for business cases, recommendations, updates and all other forms of formal engagement with your top decision makers.

A technique for mapping and 'nailing' your messaging

A major challenge in preparing papers and presentations is crystalising the message. Our one-page message maps help structure your thinking to drive both clarity and insight.

A toolkit for implementing the ideas for future papers

Leverage story patterns, templates and guides to lift the value you deliver in each and every paper. Spark off our extensive library of real-life examples too.

A finished paper you can be proud of

The main 'exercise' during the program is to prepare your own paper. I will take you through the process step by step so you can progress it between sessions.

6 months of opportunities to keep asking questions

Program participants enjoy 6 months access of my Clarity Hub. This offers tools, templates, MasterClasses and the opportunity to grow alongside other members, with contributions from me also.

This course includes

4 interactive live sessions

Lifetime access to course materials

27 in-depth lessons

Direct access to instructor

1 project to apply learnings

Guided feedback & reflection

Private community of peers

Course certificate upon completion

Maven Satisfaction Guarantee

This course is backed by Maven’s guarantee. You can receive a full refund within 14 days after the course ends, provided you meet the completion criteria in our refund policy.

Course syllabus

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  • Week 1

    Oct 1—Oct 6

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Oct


      B1 - Develop your engagement strategy

      Tue, Oct 1, 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM UTC

    • Oct


      B2 - Structure your message

      Thu, Oct 3, 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM UTC




  • Week 2

    Oct 7—Oct 10

    Week dates are set to instructor's time zone


    • Oct


      B3 - Prepare your paper (or presentation)

      Tue, Oct 8, 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM UTC

    • Oct


      B4 - Consolidate

      Thu, Oct 10, 10:00 PM - 12:00 AM UTC



  • Post-Course





  • Bonus


    • 'Hacking' Templates

    • Interview: How to get a great brief

What people say about working with me

        I really like Davina's teaching style. She has helped clarify my thinking and improve my writing.
Alex Shea

Alex Shea

Head of Financial Crime Governance, Fintch
        You are underestimating how important effective communication is and this program can help you improve.
Darren Hutchison

Darren Hutchison

Supply Chain Project Implementation Manager, Retail
        Davina's program gave me a simple structure for developing effective communications that I can use over and over again to get approvals, get funding, manage risks and issues ... and get fast decisions. It has helped me take my career to the next level and more.
Cerise Uden

Cerise Uden

Project Director, Banking technology projects
        I was amazed at how Dav managed to help me get everything on one page that was so simple and clear. The thinking process also helped me think on my feet to handle left-field questions in the middle of presentations, not just to prepare a quality paper.
Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

General Manager, Manufacturing

Meet your instructor

Davina Stanley

Davina Stanley

Clarity First Program

I love what I do.

I help senior leaders and their teams prepare high-quality papers and presentations in a fraction of the time.

This involves 'nailing' the message that will quickly engage decision makers in the required outcome.

I leverage 25+ years' experience including

  • learning structured thinking techniques at McKinsey in Hong Kong in the mid 1990s before coaching and training their teams globally as a freelancer for a further 15 years
  • being approved to teach the Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto in 2009
  • helping CEOs, C-suite leaders and their reports deeply understand their stakeholder needs and communicate accordingly
  • seeing leaders cut the number of times they review major papers by ~30% and teams cut the amount of time they take to prepare major papers by ~20%*
  • watching senior meetings focus on substantive discussions and better decisions rather than trying to clarify the issue

My approach helps anyone who needs to engage senior leaders and Boards.

Recent clients include 7Eleven, KPMG, Mercer, Meta, Woolworths.

Learn more at or get a taste of how I think about communication by completing my free mini course, Better Emails in 10 Minutes.

(*) Numbers are based on 2023 client benchmarking results after ~8 weeks.

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Join an upcoming cohort

Board Paper Bootcamp

October 2024

$890 USD


Oct 1—10, 2024

Payment Deadline

Oct 1, 2024

Bulk purchases


6+ hrs / week for 2 wks + 6 mths support
  • Start learning immediately

    Receive pre-work as soon as you register

    The workshops build on the knowledge from the preparatory modules. The more you know, and the more experimentation you undertake before hand ... the more you will get out of the workshops.

  • Learn online, stretch in class

    4 workshops over 2 weeks

    These two-hour workshops are highly interactive. They mix group work, individual work and breakouts as you each prepare your own paper step by step. Build on what you have learned in our short powerful online modules.

  • Write a paper while you learn

    2 hours per week to apply concepts

    Each workshop introduces a step in the paper preparation process. You will want to progress the paper further outside class. You will also have ~1 hour of short online modules to complete between each session.

  • Receive 6 months' extra support

    Clarity Hub access

    Continue learning with your cohort and others also seeking to lift the quality of their team's thinking. Join monthly MasterClasses, share ideas, ask questions and complete challenges. Access extensive library of sample papers.

Learning is better with cohorts

Learning is better with cohorts

Active hands-on learning

This course builds on live workshops and hands-on projects

Interactive and project-based

You’ll be interacting with other learners through breakout rooms and project teams

Learn with a cohort of peers

Join a community of like-minded people who want to learn and grow alongside you

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Join an upcoming cohort

Board Paper Bootcamp

October 2024

$890 USD


Oct 1—10, 2024

Payment Deadline

Oct 1, 2024

Bulk purchases

$890 USD

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