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Strategic Business Partner

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  1. Strategic Business Partner - Introduction
    5 Lessons
  2. Influence strategies
    7 Lessons
  3. Support decision-making
    11 Lessons
  4. Become a critical voice
    7 Lessons
  5. Manage stakeholders
    12 Lessons
  6. Be the co-pilot to your CEO
    7 Lessons
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Express your opinion

Dan Wells April 22, 2022
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As a finance leader, you are in a unique position to support other departments with decision-making. Not only do you have the financial data and insights to contribute, but you also have the ability to provide valuable strategic input.

To be effective within your role, it is important that you express your opinion clearly and effectively. This can be a difficult task if you don’t know how best to go about it, but if done correctly then it can be very beneficial for the company.

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important for finance leaders to express your opinion when supporting other departments with decision-making and we will share four proven techniques for how best to go about doing this.

Business woman making a presentation at office

By expressing your opinion, you can share your valuable insights and knowledge with others. This allows for a more informed decision-making process and can ultimately lead to better decisions being made. Additionally, by sharing your opinion, you can build trust and credibility with those you work with and people in other departments.

There are four key techniques that you can use to effectively express your opinion:

The first technique is to be clear and concise in your communication. It is important that you state your opinion in a way that is easy to understand. Be sure to avoid using jargon or technical terms that other people may not be familiar with.

The second technique is to back up your opinion with data or evidence. When possible, provide data or examples to support your opinion. This will help to strengthen your argument and make it more convincing.

The third technique is to be aware of your audience. It is important to tailor your communication according to the people you are speaking with. Consider their level of knowledge, their needs, and what would be the most effective way to communicate with them.

The fourth and final technique is to practice active listening. This means that you not only listen to what others are saying, but you also take the time to understand their point of view. By doing this, you can better address any concerns or objections they may have.

If you follow these four techniques, you will be able to effectively express your opinion and contribute to the decision-making process.


As a finance leader, you have valuable insights and knowledge to share. So don’t be afraid to speak up and share your opinion in a confident and well-presented manner.