Online Finance Courses/Training for Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

Our practical, engaging financial training courses are designed specifically for corporate communications, investor relations and financial media relations.

We use visuals, audio & plenty of interactivity to keep you interested & alert. You control the pace & can recap at any point.

Each course has a final quiz which consists of 15-20 questions to reinforce the learning and test your understanding.

You will find a financial glossary tab to help with the jargon you can click on the tutor at any point for further explanations.

Email or phone your tutor if you have questions or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the course.

All courses come with a briefing paper to download and keep.

We will monitor your progress & send reminders when necessary.

Our practical, engaging financial training courses are designed specifically for corporate communications, investor relations and financial media relations.
Choose from online courses, open courses or in-company training – all designed to make a real difference to your day-to-day work.

We use visuals, audio & plenty of interactivity to keep you interested & alert. You control the pace & can recap at any point.

Each course has a final quiz which consists of 15-20 questions to reinforce the learning and test your understanding.

You will find a financial glossary tab to help with the jargon you can click on the tutor at any point for further explanations.

Email or phone your tutor if you have questions or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the course.

All courses come with a briefing paper to download and keep.

We will monitor your progress & send reminders when necessary.

 

Our practical, engaging financial training courses are designed specifically for corporate communications, investor relations and financial media relations.
Choose from online courses, open courses or in-company training – all designed to make a real difference to your day-to-day work.

We use visuals, audio & plenty of interactivity to keep you interested & alert. You control the pace & can recap at any point.

Each course has a final quiz which consists of 15-20 questions to reinforce the learning and test your understanding.

You will find a financial glossary tab to help with the jargon you can click on the tutor at any point for further explanations.

Email or phone your tutor if you have questions or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the course.

All courses come with a briefing paper to download and keep.

We will monitor your progress & send reminders when necessary.

Our practical, engaging financial training courses are designed specifically for corporate communications, investor relations and financial media relations.

We use visuals, audio & plenty of interactivity to keep you interested & alert. You control the pace & can recap at any point.

Each course has a final quiz which consists of 15-20 questions to reinforce the learning and test your understanding.

You will find a financial glossary tab to help with the jargon you can click on the tutor at any point for further explanations.

Email or phone your tutor if you have questions or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the course.

All courses come with a briefing paper to download and keep.

We will monitor your progress & send reminders when necessary.

Our practical, engaging financial training courses are designed specifically for corporate communications, investor relations and financial media relations.
Choose from online courses, open courses or in-company training – all designed to make a real difference to your day-to-day work.

We use visuals, audio & plenty of interactivity to keep you interested & alert. You control the pace & can recap at any point.

Each course has a final quiz which consists of 15-20 questions to reinforce the learning and test your understanding.

You will find a financial glossary tab to help with the jargon you can click on the tutor at any point for further explanations.

Email or phone your tutor if you have questions or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the course.

All courses come with a briefing paper to download and keep.

We will monitor your progress & send reminders when necessary.

 

Our practical, engaging financial training courses are designed specifically for corporate communications, investor relations and financial media relations.
Choose from online courses, open courses or in-company training – all designed to make a real difference to your day-to-day work.

We use visuals, audio & plenty of interactivity to keep you interested & alert. You control the pace & can recap at any point.

Each course has a final quiz which consists of 15-20 questions to reinforce the learning and test your understanding.

You will find a financial glossary tab to help with the jargon you can click on the tutor at any point for further explanations.

Email or phone your tutor if you have questions or you’d like to discuss any aspect of the course.

All courses come with a briefing paper to download and keep.

We will monitor your progress & send reminders when necessary.

Online Courses for Corporate Communications, Investor Relations & Financial Media Relations

Our online financial training courses are written and designed in-house to be practical, concise and engaging.  They are great as a stand-alone learning tool, as a pre-course requirement or to consolidate your previous learning.

Our elearning is broken down into concise, online courses so that you can learn in bite-sized chunks and choose the courses that meet your requirements. 

With our personalised approach you can email or phone your tutor if you have questions and we will monitor your progress &  send reminders when necessary.

Try our demo, to  experience the look and feel of our online courses.

 

Online-Courses

Essentials Courses

Our essentials courses are designed to take 2-3 hours each (a little longer if you are completely unfamiliar with the subject and for people for whom English is a second language) including a final quiz, which comprises 15-20 short questions.  Each course is accompanied by a briefing paper to download and keep.

 

Financial Markets

Financial Markets

Understand stock markets and capital raising, the role of investment banks, sell-side and buy-side and the impact on financial communications with our Capital Markets, Investor Relations & Financial PR online courses:
Introduction to Companies, Funding & the Capital Markets - Online Course

Introduction to Companies, Funding & the Capital Markets – Online Course

2-3 Hours Introductory Skills  

This course covers the basics of financial markets and instruments; how the capital markets work and the role of key participants; how companies access the capital markets and what it means to be a listed company.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Understand capital markets, how companies issue shares and bonds and how they are traded
  • Appreciate the role of investment banks
  • See the perspectives of key participants such as sell-side analysts, ratings agencies and investors
  • Learn lots of financial jargon and concepts
Introduction to Investor Relations & Financial PR - Online Course

Introduction to Investor Relations & Financial PR – Online Course

2-3 Hours Introductory Skills  

Following on from “Introduction to Companies, Funding & the Capital Markets”, learn the fundamentals of Investor Relations and financial PR, including typical objectives, activities and communication strategies.  You will understand what makes your target audiences tick and how best to communicate with them, whilst remaining within the regulations.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Understand the context for Investor Relations and financial PR activities
  • Appreciate how your key target audiences think and how best to interact with them
  • Gain an overview of the rules and regulations for financial communications globally, including the financial calendar

Get both courses with 10% discount for buying the bundle:

 

Introduction to Capital Markets, Investor Relations & Financial PR

Money-Puzzle

Financial Reporting

Understand income statements, balance sheets and key performance indicators – everything you need to tell your company’s financial story with The Basics of Business Finance and Understanding Financial Results and Annual Reports online courses:

The Basics of Business Finance - Online Course

The Basics of Business Finance – Online Course

2-3 Hours Introductory Skills  

This course is designed to give you a good understanding of the basics of business finance. You will learn how businesses are funded and what the money’s used for; how they make profits and generate cash; how to measure business performance; where to find the information you’ll need.  You’ll see how income statements and balance sheets work and you’ll also understand key financial jargon, concepts and commonly used financial metrics. 

 
OUTCOMES
  • Develop a good understanding of the basics of business finance
  • Learn lots of key concepts and financial language
  • See how financial statements work and how they are used
  • See how to calculate commonly used financial metrics

Understanding Financial Results and Annual Reports - Online Course

Understanding Financial Results and Annual Reports – Online Course

2-3 Hours Introductory Skills  

If you need to know how to analyse financial information as part of your job or if you are responsible for communicating financial results, this course is a perfect way of getting to grips with the numbers and key ratios.  We use retail giant, Walmart to make the learning real.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Interpret the information in a company’s financial results and annual report
  • Use key ratios to assess performance
  • Evaluate a company’s profitability, cash generation and financial strength

Or get both courses with 10% discount for buying the bundle:

 

The Basics of Business Finance, Financial Results & Annual Reports Bundle

Grad-Money

Corporate Finance

Understand board level language and concepts, including shareholder value, cost of capital and company valuation with our Understanding Shareholder Value and Understanding Company Valuation online courses:

Understanding Shareholder Value - Online Course

Understanding Shareholder Value – Online Course

2-3 Hours Introductory Skills  

By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of shareholder value, including what it means from a shareholder’s point of view; what it means from a company’s point of view; the levers a company can pull to create more value and making the link with strategic actions that drive value creation.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Understand what shareholder value really means
  • See how companies drive value internally and externally
  • Understand the cost of capital and efficient balance sheets
  • Make the link with strategic actions that drive value creation

Understanding Company Valuation - Online Course

Understanding Company Valuation – Online Course

2-3 Hours Introductory Skills  

By the end of the course, you will have a good understanding of how listed companies are valued.  We look at the whole investment decision-making process, covering discounted cash flow valuation and valuation using multiples; and we look at how companies can communicate with the financial markets with a view to achieving fair value.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Understand the investment decision-making process
  • See how companies are valued using discounted cash flow (DCF) techniques
  • Appreciate how companies can be valued using a range of multiples
  • Understand how analysts and investors build their models
  • Make the link between communication and value.

Or get both courses plus Investment Appraisal with 10% discount for buying the bundle:

 

Corporate Finance & Valuation Bundle

 

Additional
Course Bundles

From capital markets through to accounting, analysis, shareholder value and company valuation the Financial Communications Toolkit comprises all six courses above in one package:

 

Financial Communications Toolkit

 

Learn how to analyse financial information, starting with the basics of business finance and moving on to analysing a real company’s financial results. Understand board level language and concepts, including shareholder value, cost of capital and company valuation with our Financial Skills for IR & Financial PR bundle:

 

Financial Skills for IR & Financial PR

 

Learn how to analyse financial information, starting with the basics of business finance and moving on to analysing a real company’s financial results. Understand board level language and concepts, including shareholder value with our Understand & Analyse Financial Results bundle:

 

Understand & Analyse Financial Results

 

If you would like a different combination of courses with 10% discount, please contact us.

 

Coffee Break Finance Courses

Learn key aspects of finance with our short concise online courses lasting approximately 30-60 minutes each. 

Coffee Break Finance

 

Learn the language of finance in your coffee breaks with our bite-sized courses.

 

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Specialist Short Courses

 

Learn key aspects of finance quickly with our short courses.

 

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We offer certificates for all our courses, including the online courses that we include to enable you to consolidate your learning. 

Most CPD is now self-certified (e.g. accountancy, law etc) so we don’t offer CPD “points” for particular organisations. However, our courses would certainly meet most organisations’ CPD requirements.

Interesting & Engaging Training Courses

All our public courses are run in small groups with experienced tutors who are adept at adjusting the course material to suit the delegates on the day.

Your tutor will be enthusiastic and knowledgeable with a talent for making complex concepts simple.

Most importantly, you will return to work with the tools in place to implement your learning and really make a difference.

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  • Excellent, covered a lot in a short space of time
  • I can honestly say it was the best course I have attended during my time in IR.  I am sure it will give me more confidence going forward

Open Courses for Corporate Communications, Investor Relations & Financial Media Relations

Introductory Skills

For newcomers to financial communications or experienced corporate communications, investor relations and financial PR practitioners with limited financial expertise.

Introduction to Capital Markets, Financial PR & IR - UK

Introduction to Capital Markets, Financial PR & IR

1-Day Introductory Skills  

If you are just getting started in financial PR or investor relations or if you need to understand capital markets and audiences in order to be effective in a corporate communications role, then this course is a must. We will help you see how the capital markets big picture fits together. You’ll understand how and why companies issue shares and bonds, how they are traded and how listed companies are expected to communicate.

 
OUTCOMES
  • See the big picture – the context for your role
  • Get to grips with financial markets jargon
  • Communicate with the key players – appreciating how they think and how they operate
  • Understand the regulatory framework and the financial calendar.


Finance Essentials for Communicators - UK

Finance Essentials for Communicators

2-Days Introductory Skills  

This 2-day programme is designed to help you understand the essentials of finance that you’ll need to communicate your company’s financial story effectively. We cover the big picture, shareholder value, accounting, corporate finance and company valuation – all in an accessible way for corporate communicators.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Develop your financial fluency
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of corporate finance and accounting concepts
  • Understand how to use numbers and KPIs to tell your financial story
  • Learn to communicate in a way that helps your company achieve fair value

Understanding Capital Markets - US

Understanding Capital Markets

1-Day Introductory Skills  

If you are just getting started in IR or corporate communications, or if you need to understand capital markets and audiences in order to be effective in a corporate communications role, then this course is a must. We will help you see how the capital markets big picture fits together. You’ll understand how and why companies issue shares and bonds, how they are traded and how listed companies are expected to communicate.

Who Should Attend?

  • Newcomers to IR and corporate communications in a listed company environment
  • Senior communicators with little or no capital markets experience
 
OUTCOMES
  • See the big picture – the context for your role
  • Get to grips with financial markets jargon
  • Grasp the essentials of economics
  • Communicate with the key players – appreciating how they think and how they operate
  • Understand the regulatory framework and the financial calendar


Developing/Leadership Skills

For corporate communications, investor relations and financial PR practitioners who would like to develop their financial skills.

Financial Communications – A Deeper Dive: Accounting, Analysis & Best Practice Reporting - UK

Financial Communications – A Deeper Dive: Accounting, Analysis & Best Practice Reporting

2-Days Developing Skills  

This two day course takes a deeper dive into financial information.  Looking through the eyes of analysts and investors, we focus on results reporting and the annual report to help you build your practical financial and analytical skills. In a small group, you’ll get plenty of practice and the opportunity to use your own company as a case study (don’t forget to bring a copy of your annual report and latest full year results with you).

 
OUTCOMES
  • See how you can further develop your company’s investment case, using the numbers and key performance indicators to tell your financial story
  • Be able to pre-empt the issues that are likely to come up from investors, analysts and commentators in the media
  • Build confidence with the numbers and your ability to comment effectively on draft results and other financial announcements
  • Develop a scheme for getting to grips with how a company is performing, quickly and efficiently.

Financial Communications – A Deeper Dive: IR, Activism, M&A and Communicating for Value - UK

Financial Communications – A Deeper Dive: IR, Activism, M&A and Communicating for Value

2-Days Developing Skills  

This two-day, very practical course is designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of how to tell a great investment story in a way that will enhance your company’s reputation and value.  We put you into the shoes of an analyst to help you understand what this key audience really wants and needs.  Along the way, we help you deal with special situations – activism and M&A as well as communicating for value day-to-day.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Understand your investors and how they think so that you can tell the right story to the right people
  • Learn to look through the eyes of one of your key target audiences – find out how analysts think, how they build their models and what pushes their buttons
  • Become a more effective communicator in activism and M&A situations
  • See how you can use communications to drive fair value

Finance Essentials for Banks - UK

Finance Essentials for Banks

1-Day Developing Skills  

This concise, one day course will enable you to gain a working knowledge of how banks make money and create value for their shareholders. We will cover bank strategy and key performance indicators; how the income statement and balance sheet work for a bank and the headline numbers for results; how banks are regulated and the impact this has on strategy and performance. We will use a major bank as our main example and compare to a range of others in the sector.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Become conversant with the language of a bank’s senior management
  • Understand the business of banking and how banks make money
  • Appreciate how banks create value for shareholders and how this drives strategy
  • Understand bank balance sheets and income statements
  • See how banks are regulated, including capital ratios, leverage, liquidity etc
  • Be able to use key performance indicators to tell your financial story

Finance Essentials for Communicators - US

Finance Essentials for Communicators

2-Days Developing Skills  

This 2-day program is designed to help you understand the essentials of finance that you’ll need to communicate your company’s financial story effectively. We cover the big picture, shareholder value, accounting, corporate finance and company valuation – all in an accessible way for IR specialists and corporate communicators.

Who Should Attend?

  • Newcomers to IR and corporate communications in a listed company environment
  • Senior communicators with little or no finance experience
  • Anyone working in a communications role who would like to understand finance from a communications perspective
 
OUTCOMES
  • Develop your financial fluency and be able to talk the language of senior management
  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of corporate finance and accounting concepts
  • Understand how to use numbers and KPIs to tell your financial story
  • Learn to communicate in a way that helps your company achieve fair value

 

 

Think Like an Analyst - Pre-conference Short Day - US

Think Like an Analyst – Pre-conference Short Day

5-hours Developing Skills  

Learn to look through the eyes of one of your key target audiences. Find out how analysts think, how they build their models and what pushes their buttons. This course will put you in the shoes of an analyst so that you can see things from their perspective. Exercises include interpreting how guidance affects an analyst’s model and identifying the key assumptions in consensus.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for anyone who deals with the sell-side as part of the company’s financial communications. We will assume that you have taken Finance Essentials or have the equivalent knowledge.  Participants tend to come from a mixture of financial and non-financial backgrounds and this course provides something for everyone.

 
OUTCOMES
  • Understand the role of the sell-side, primary tasks, sources of information and perspectives
  • Appreciate how analysts do their job – from identifying the value drivers, through to forecasting and model building, valuing the business and making a recommendation
  • Be able to translate this into lessons for IR on how best to communicate with and influence analysts on both the sell-side and the buy-side

Excellent Venues

 

Our UK courses are held at wallacespace in central London.

They believe, like us, that learning needs a stimulating environment that shrugs off the constraints of the typical office.

 

 

Our UK courses are held in central London
within walking distance from mainline stations.

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wallacespace have airy spaces flooded with
natural daylight designed to energise and inspire.

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Expect a wonderful selection of delicious food.
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and snacks during the day.

We offer certificates for all our courses, including the online courses that we include to enable you to consolidate your learning. 

Most CPD is now self-certified (e.g. accountancy, law etc) so we don’t offer CPD “points” for particular organisations. However, our courses would certainly meet most organisations’ CPD requirements.


Why FinanceTalking

Our financial training courses are designed by our experienced tutors and the way we do it really works.

 

Your tutor will be enthusiastic and knowledgeable with a talent for making complex concepts simple. Most importantly, we send you away with practical skills that you can put into practice back at work, ensuring long-lasting learning.

 

You will have access to a virtual classroom with further eLearning and/or briefing papers that will help you consolidate your learning.

 

  • The course was tailored extremely well to cover the points I needed help on in a very methodical way
  • I can't thank you enough for the fabulous training. We are still abuzz about it.  We so appreciated the way you tailored it for us and had relevant examples. Your content was exactly at the right level, delivery was superb and the case studies fascinating. We learned a lot and are thinking about how to apply it every day
  • Exceeded expectation. Made everything really engaging & understandable, felt comfortable asking questions, kept it exciting & kept us lively!

Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Financial Media Relations Training

 

We usually start the course design process with an analysis of your team’s needs. Download our learning needs analysis form here: LNA.

 

Below you can see a list of the subjects that we cover regularly and some examples of typical assignments.

 

If you would like to discuss your team's requirements,
please call Miranda Lane on +44 (0)1572 717000
or email miranda@financetalking.com.

 

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SUBJECTS

  • Financial Markets
  • Financial Communications around Initial Public Offers
  • Rules and Regulations for Listed Companies
  • Understanding Financial Results and Annual Reports
  • Corporate Finance and Shareholder Value Concepts
  • Investor Relations and Financial PR
  • Financial Analysis
  • Company Valuation and M&A

TYPICAL ASSIGNMENTS

Financial Markets

"We need to be sure that all our corporate communicators understand the demands of the financial markets on us as a listed company"

Regulation and Disclosure

"We have a new CFO and we'd like to give him a day's training on rules and regulations and the expectations of institutional investors"

Understanding Results

"We want to ensure that everyone in corporate comms is conversant with our KPIs and can communicate key messages around results with conviction"

Valuation and Strategy

"We want to explore how the markets value our shares and how we can enhance value through better communication of our investment story"

Financial Communications

"We would like to ensure that the whole team, from CFO to media relations, understands how best to communicate with financial audiences before, during and after our IPO"

Some of our Clients

 

Antofagasta | Aviva | AstraZeneca | Barclays | Brunswick | Diageo | Edelman | Enel | Emirates REIT | GSK | HSBC | ING | Lansons | Lloyds Banking Group | M&S | MHP Communications | National Grid | Novo Nordisk | Pearson | Portland | Prudential | Rexam | RBS | Shell | TalkTalk | TSB Bank | Unilever | Unite | Vectura | Zurich