National Seminars Group & Padgett Thompson
a division of Rockhurst University Continuing Education Center
Course Description

Financial Analysis for Business Professionals

An intensive one-day workshop that delivers essential financial analysis skills critical for strong bottom-line business decisions.

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In today’s highly competitive business environment, knowing how to analyze business situations and make tough decisions based on sound financial principles is a must-have career skill. Without this essential know-how in basic financial analysis, you simply cannot make informed business decisions. Each time you “go with your gut,” you take a huge risk, putting the success of your organization in jeopardy.

Never again be intimidated by reports full of numbers
That’s why Financial Analysis for Business Professionals is such an important workshop to you as a key decision-maker. In just one intensive day of training, you’ll become fully versed in the financial analysis tools and techniques you need to properly assess business risks and opportunities. Never again will you be intimidated by financial spreadsheets and reports!

You’ll learn how to …

  • Scan any financial statement and zero in on the most valuable information
  • Back up your project proposals and staffing requests with solid numbers – and boost your chances of approval
  • Use business analysis techniques to determine the financial feasibility or success of any business situation
  • Accurately plan for revenues and growth, using solid business numbers
  • Spot indicators of financial distress – and understand your options for overcoming it
  • Use break-even analysis and other powerful analysis tools to make
    better decisions
  • And much more!

Designed specifically for non-financial professionals
Financial Analysis for Business Professionals was developed specifically for key business decision-makers who have no formal financial background or training. You’ll sit shoulder to shoulder with people just like you … the “movers and shakers” of your organizations. And, your training will be delivered in clear, easy-to-grasp terms by an expert trainer who is a pro at conveying financial information in an understandable manner.

Learn the most important of the most important financial concepts
We know your time is precious, which is why we promise you we won’t waste a single minute of it. Instead of dry textbook theory, this program delivers the “the most important of the most important” financial concepts in practical, real-world terms. This workshop is the fastest, easiest way to gain a solid understanding of the financial analysis tools and techniques that will give you a competitive edge from now on.

Please bring a calculator with
you to this workshop.

You’ll practice using the tools and techniques you’re learning in a variety of exercises, and a calculator will help you work through these activities more efficiently.

What You’ll Learn

  • Evaluate the financial impact of your management decisions – before you make them.
  • Gain support for your ideas and projects by presenting them in bottom-line terms.
  • Head off costly mistakes by spotting questionable numbers and inaccuracies on financial documents.
  • Read, analyze and understand financial statements and reports – without having to depend on someone else’s interpretation.
  • Spot areas where financial performance can be improved immediately.
  • Get a crystal clear picture of where your department, division or organization stands financially.
  • Use ratio analysis formulas to determine whether a financial report is good news or bad news – without having to take the bean-counter’s word for it.
  • Make informed decisions by determining the relative degree of risk you’re taking.
  • Never again be blindsided at a meeting by a report or presentation full of numbers you don’t understand.
  • Recognize the opportunities — and problems — embedded within any financial report.
  • Decode financial jargon to “talk numbers” confidently with financial professionals.
  • Make recommendations with conviction in meetings using solid numbers to back up your statements.
  • Boost your credibility as you become recognized as a person who understands “the numbers.”


Who Should Attend

  • Strategic decision-makers
  • Non-financial managers
  • Business owners
  • Senior executives
  • Key business unit managers
  • Other professionals who need to understand how to interpret the numbers that drive business

This intensive workshop was designed specifically for non-financial professionals who want to learn to use the financial analysis tools and techniques that ensure on-target business decisions.


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Workshop Agenda

How to Read and Analyze Financial Statements

  • Examine the 4 major financial statements businesses use, and learn easy ways to remember what transactions are recorded on each one
  • Identify the purposes of income statements and balance sheets, and what information they will and will not tell you
  • How to scan a financial statement and zero in on the most valuable information
  • Make better decisions when you understand how day-to-day activities translate into revenues and costs
  • Determining the real value of your product or service ... adding direct and indirect costs to come up with the full cost
  • Operating profit ... net income ... what management really means when they refer to the “bottom line”
  • Find out why profits are not the same as cash, and why adequate cash reserves are crucial to any business
  • Basic steps in preparing a financial statement

Demystifying Critical Financial Concepts

  • Common finance terminology explained, from variable costs to
    grow margins
  • The difference between current liabilities, current assets and equities
  • Types of long-term assets and the role depreciation plays in determining their worth
  • 5 components of working capital and how critical it is to the day-to-day operation of your organization
  • A simple approach to calculating return on investment (ROI) and determining the true bottom line
  • Key financial indicators that will tell if a business situation is on the right track or headed for trouble
  • Tangible and other assets – what the numbers on the balance sheet may be hiding
  • What every manager must understand about Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

Making Better Business Decisions Using Financial Information

  • Understand the difference between finance and accounting information, and which gives you the facts you need to make effective decisions
  • Cash: Find out how your company manages it and plans for enough reserves so you can seize new business opportunities
  • Using the cash flow statement to predict problems before they occur, and head them off before they become crises
  • Recognize the red-flag areas where cash can disappear if it’s not properly managed
  • Leverage your knowledge to figure out how much and when different types of businesses need cash to maintain an even cash flow
  • Critical financial areas that may be out of your control but that you absolutely must understand
  • How to account for the often- maligned expense of overhead, and why overhead is a necessary cost of doing business
  • Understand how modifying or timing the decisions you make will contribute to your firm’s financial health

Using Powerful Financial Tools to Analyze Your Organization’s Numbers

  • 5 valuable questions to ask when dealing with a financial problem
  • Using break-even analysis and other powerful analysis tools to make more informed decisions
  • How to use ratios to evaluate an organization’s profitability, liquidity and leverage – and 5 ratios that can predict danger ahead
  • How to evaluate the relative degree of risk for a project
  • Which specific numbers to rely on when developing a budget
  • Calculating ROI for the true “bottom line”
  • Revenue forecasting techniques that are accurate and take into account your company’s financial objectives
  • Get new project ideas approved using proven payback calculations

Your Guarantee of Complete Satisfaction

We stand behind our seminars with a 100 percent , iron-clad, money-back guarantee of satisfaction. If for any reason you’re not completely satisfied with the solid skills, the tips, tools and shortcuts, and the crucial information you receive during this workshop, we’ll refund your money in full. Every penny. Guaranteed!

Program Hours:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration begins at
8:30 a.m.

Group Discount: When 3 enroll from your organization, a 4th attends FREE!

Lunch is on your own.

Continuing Education:
Continuing education credits may be recognized by your professional board. Contact your own board to find out what's required. If you cancel your registration up to five business days before the workshop,

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