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

Essentials Of Finance & Accounting For Non-Financial Mgrs: 2 Day

Master the must-know fundamentals of finance and accounting in this intensive course developed exclusively for senior nonfinancial managers.

Program Description

Master the “numbers” that drive your success

As a key decision-maker in your organization, you make dozens of critical decisions that impact the company’s bottom line. Finely tuned as your business instincts no doubt are, you simply can’t afford to trust instincts alone. You need a strong command of accounting concepts and financial tools.

A financial course designed for senior-level executives
Essentials of Finance & Accounting for the Nonfinancial Manager has been developed exclusively for senior managers like you: professionals who’ve risen in their organizations to the point where understanding the fundamentals of finance and accounting is no longer an option, but a “must.”

Master financial tools and key accounting principles
In two intensive days, you’ll gain invaluable training as you master finance and accounting principles through practical exercises, case studies and group discussion. You’ll find out how to read, analyze, and use financial information strategically and accurately, and discover how to implement key financial concepts and tools to strengthen not only your management decisions – but your organization, as well.

Learn with other influential leaders across all disciplines
The crucial decisions you make have far-reaching consequences that directly impact your organization’s success. That’s why, if you’re a senior-level, nonfinancial decision-maker, this training is absolutely essential for you. Expect to be among an exclusive group of professionals like yourself – other highly respected leaders who recognize the importance of attaining a greater functional understanding of finance and accounting.

Make stronger, more strategic decisions that grow your organization
Master the numbers that drive your organization, and you’ll become a stronger, more influential decision-maker within your company – immediately. Don’t wait any longer to expand your executive skills by becoming fluent in the universal language of business. Invest two days, and you’ll gain financial knowledge and accounting principles you’ll rely on for years to come as you grow your organization’s success.

Attend this intensive course and you’ll learn how to …

First, you’ll gain all the information you need to perform at a new level of financial confidence ... boiled down into a mere two days packed with invaluable “how to” techniques, clear language, and practical concepts that are easy to grasp. You’ll digest a volume of information in a short amount of time.

Second, you’ll get to practice your new accounting and finance skills in interactive exercises and thought-provoking discussions where the information you learn will “gel.” Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to speak one on one with your expert trainer about questions you’ve always wanted answers to ... and get solid answers that’ll clear things up once and for all.

Third, you’ll learn shoulder-to-shoulder with other business leaders in your shoes ... leaders who take their organizational roles seriously and who understand how important financial expertise is to their ongoing success. Like your fellow participants, you’ll return to your office with a significant career edge that few others in your organization (or in the work world as a whole, for that matter) possess.

So, say YES to investing two days in a proven program that could very well be a critical turning point in your career. Reserve your place in this essential workshop today!


Who'll Be There
Essentials of Finance & Accounting for the Nonfinancial Manager is designed exclusively for senior managers in nonfinancial roles in business, government and the nonprofit sectors. An accelerated program for key decision-makers with no formal training in this area, it is also a great refresher for those who haven't studied finance or accounting for some time.

Conference Agenda

Please bring a calculator to this workshop. You’ll be involved in a variety of exercises in which you will apply what you learn, and a calculator will help you work through these exercises efficiently.

I. Demystifying the Terminology and Speaking Intelligently About Financial Issues

  • Common accounting and finance terms and what they mean – including fixed and variable costs, gross margin, profit and loss, and dozens of others!
  • How to present proposals and recommendations in terms of hard dollars ... and get faster approval
  • Learn the basic accounting equation and how to use it
  • Deciphering the language of finance so you can speak it fluently with anyone
II. Critical Financial Concepts You Must Know
  • The difference between current liabilities, current assets, and equities
  • 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
  • What goodwill is ... and why some companies don’t like it on their balance sheets
  • Key financial indicators that will tell if your organization is on the right track
  • Tangible and other assets – what the numbers on the balance sheet may be hiding
III. Sharpening Your Decision- Making Skills With Powerful Financial Tools
  • Using break-even analysis, forecasting, and other powerful analysis tools to make more informed decisions
  • 5 ratios that can be early indicators of danger ahead
  • How to use ratios to evaluate an organization’s profitability, liquidity, and leverage
  • How to evaluate the relative degree of risk for a project
  • 5 valuable questions to ask when dealing with a financial problem
  • Critical financial areas that may be out of your control but that you absolutely must understand
  • Which specific numbers to rely on when developing a budget
  • Calculating ROI for the true “bottom line”
IV. Interpreting Financial Statements Accurately and Insightfully
  • How to read and interpret 3 types of financial statements: balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement
  • How to examine the P&L statement and tell the costs of goods sold, how revenue is generated, profitability and more
  • Basic steps in preparing a financial statement
  • Types of long-term assets and the role depreciation plays in determining their worth
  • How to scan a financial statement and zero in on the most valuable information
V. “Must-Know” Accounting Basics
  • Accounting for assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses
  • The difference between cash and accrual accounting
  • What every manager must understand about Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Debits and credits explained
VI. Planning for Revenues and Growth
  • How to forecast cash flow and use this insight when increasing staff, purchasing, and cutting costs
  • A valuable look at how the accounting cycle works
  • Financial management strategies for companies going through tough times
  • How to recognize cash flow problems before it’s too late
VII. Computer Tools That Make Your Job Easier
  • Valuable tips for setting up your own spreadsheets
  • 3 important ways a PC can sharpen your projects and analysis
  • An overview of software packages that will make your job much easier
Meet Your Trainer
Your trainer will be one of the following experts in this field

James Frazier, CPA
A CPA and executive-level trainer, James Frazier is a “numbers guru,” possessing years of in-the-trenches experience as a CFO, controller, and accounting manager in industries as diverse as medical, manufacturing, and retail.

Frazier has spent much of his career designing, managing, and implementing accounting systems and complex databases. He has also provided financial consulting and senior management training for prestigious clients like NASA, State Farm Insurance, Bank One, and McDonald’s, as well as city and county governments.

Specializing in delivering training to senior managers, Frazier is renowned for the straightforward, down-to-business approach he takes to explaining the crucial numbers that drive your organization – and helping you make stronger, more strategic business decisions.

*We reserve the right to substitute a trainer of equal quality.

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.

Enrollment Fees & Group Discounts

  • Early Bird Discount - Enroll 30 days or more prior to event: $1,099 per person
  • Standard Fee - Enroll less than 30 days prior to the event date: $1,299 per person! SAVE $200!
  • 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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