Do you find that sometimes talking to your finance colleagues seems like you have to learn altogether a different language? Do you feel intimidated by financial jargons and think that only people with finance background will be able to make head or tail of the complex financial reports?

There is a great need to understand financial information. Numbers tell a story. The need to be able to interpret the balance sheet, profit and loss account and cash flow statements is vitally important.

Non-finance professionals rely on financial information to make business decisions, with the aim of improving business performance. Unfortunately, decisions made without properly understanding the financial implications may lead to reduced profits (or even losses) and a reduction in shareholder value.

Whether you are a business owner, or help run someone else’s business, or have your own investments, you would have to make decisions on the business or investments that you have. The facts usually are given in financial numbers and the need to understand basic key financial information is so critical.

This workshop will provide basic financial principles and cover generic financial management tools necessary for decision making.

Facilitator Aishah Jaffar​​

Type  Onsite Course

Duration  2 days

Date   2 Nov -  3 Nov
          28 Nov - 29 Nov

Time 9AM - 5PM

Place Suntec Convention, Meetings and Offices

​Price S$ 750 (includes 2 tea-breaks & lunch)


Workshop Objectives

At the end of the 2 day workshop, you will be equipped with :

  • A broad overview of various finance functions in an organisation
  • Understanding key financial jargons used by accountants and removing any “fear” over such financial terms
  • Understanding the construction of financial statements and analyse them using ratios with the lens of accounting principles
  • Tools to help interpret financial information correctly for decision making
  • Understanding the importance of cashflow and the significance of the difference between profits and cash
  • Undertsanding the managers or any professionals role in preparing and monitoring budgets using common yardsticks in performance evaluation
Workshop Outline

  • What is finance ?
  • What are the different functions in finanace and how each supports the business
Financial Statements
  • Understand the main components of a typical set of financial statement
  • Appreciate key underlying accounting concepts used in the preparation of financial statements
Business Analysis
  • Know how to interpret financial statements
  • Learning key ratios and performance indicators
  • Understanding the impact of transactions in a financial statement
Cash operating cycle
  • Understand cash operating cycle and what affects a company’s cashflow
  • Manage cash operating cycle
  • Understand why accounting profit is different from cash flow
Budgeting, Forex and Taxation
  • Have an appreciation of budgeting and the effects of foreign exchange movements and taxation on financial decisions
  • Understanding a business manager’s role in the budgeting process and monitoring budgets
Costing & Cost Management
  • Know the different categories of costs which exist and their implication on costing
  • Understand the costing concepts, and apply them in business decision
Evaluating Capital Investment decisions
  • Characteristics of capital expenditure
  • Understanding different techniques of evaluating investment decisions
Who Should Attend?
  • Business Owners and Managers
  • Head of departments and budget managers
  • Any non-finance professional who needs to use and interpret financial statements



About the Facilitator​​

  • Aishah is a consulting coach with Art of Career.

  • She is an experienced finance professional who is results-oriented with proven track record of successfully implementing improvements which have positively impacted the bottom line.

  • Consistently, over more than 20 years, had set up and operated both regional and global finance, finance shared services and controllership organisations and effectively led teams through periods of significant organisational re-structures, transitions, process and system changes.

  • A people-oriented team leader and player, who is committed to creating an open, trusting environment to achieve change through effective employee empowerment and engagement.