Budgets and Financial Reports

Money matters can be intimidating for even the smartest people. However, having a solid understanding of basic financial terms and methods is crucial to your career. When terms like ROI, EBIT, GAAP, and extrapolation join the conversation, you’ll want to know what people are talking about, and you’ll want to be able to participate in the discussion.

This one-day course will give you a solid foundation in finance. We’ll cover topics like commonly used terms, financial statements, budgets, forecasting, purchasing decisions, and financial legislation.

 

Budgets And Financial Reports Course Outline:
 
Module One: Getting Started

  •     Icebreaker
  •     Ground rules
  •     The parking lot
  •     Workshop objectives
  •     Action plans and evaluation forms

 
Module Two: Glossary

  •     What Is Finance
  •     Commonly Used Terms
  •     Key Players (people, jobs)
  •     Important Finance Organizations
  •     Understanding GAAP

 
Module Three: Understanding Financial Statement

  •     Balance Sheets
  •     Income Statements (AKA Profit And Loss Statements)
  •     Statement Of Retained Earnings
  •     Statement Of Cash Flows
  •     Annual Reports

 
Module Four: Analyzing Financial Statements, Part One

  •     Income Ratios
  •     Profitability Ratios
  •     Liquidity Ratios
  •     Working Capital Ratios
  •     Bankruptcy Ratios

 
Module Five: Analyzing Financial Statements, Part Two

  •     Long Term Analysis Ratios
  •     Coverage Ratios
  •     Leverage Ratios
  •     Calculating Return On Investment (ROI)

 
Module Six: Understanding Budgets

  •     Common Types Of Budgets
  •     What Information Do I Need?
  •     Who Should Be Involved?
  •     What Should A Budget Look Like?

 
Module Seven: Budgeting Made Easy

  •     Factoring In Historical Data
  •     Gathering Related Information
  •     Adjusting For Special Circumstances
  •     Putting It All Together
  •     Computer Based Methods

 
Module Eight: Advanced Forecasting Techniques

  •     Using The Average
  •     Regression Analysis
  •     Extrapolation
  •     Formal Financial Models

 
Module Nine: Managing The Budget

  •     How To Tell If You’re On The Right Track
  •     Should Your Budget Be Updated
  •     Keeping A Diary Of Lessons Learned
  •     When To Panic

 
Module Ten: Making Smart Purchasing Decisions

  •     10 Questions You Must Ask
  •     Determining The Payback Period
  •     Deciding Whether To Lease Or Buy
  •     Thinking Outside The Box

 
Module Eleven: A Glimpse Into The Legal World

  •     A Brief History
  •     The Sarbanes Oxley Act
  •     CEO/CFO Certification
  •     Thinking Outside The Box

 
Module Twelve: Wrapping Up

  •     Words from the Wise
  •     Review of Parking Lot
  •     Lessons Learned
  •     Completion of Action Plans and Evaluations