Elevate Board Paper quality
without endless rework


Writing skills aren't enough.

What if you could get out of the weeds and focus on the insights?


Clarify and convey quality insights
that engage decision-makers

Few people enjoy preparing papers and presentations for senior forums.

Papers frequently come together in a mad scramble, often out of hours as everyone wades through a sea of tracked changes. Senior leaders and company secretaries too often pull all-nighters to finish on time.

Davina Stanley shares a framework for breaking this ugly cycle in her two new books, one for leaders one for authors.

Steeped in practicality, Elevate sets you up to lift the quality of thinking in your team's board papers without rewriting them yourself

Engage provides your team with the skills they need to map their messaging onto a single insightful page that you can review in a heartbeat.

Easy-reading books, both are packed with case studies stemming from decades helping leaders communicate better.


See what others have to say about how Elevate and Engage can help you prepare papers and presentations that you and your Board can be proud of.

Wayne Lewis, Chair Ballarat Hospital


You provide a really clear and concise roadmap to quality board presentations and the methodologies needed to get the best team results.


Dan Musson, Chief Experience Officer, Australian Meat Industry Super Fund


Before I read Elevate, preparing board papers was a chore. Davina Stanley has opened my eyes to the great opportunity that exists as a senior leader to not only build the capability of my team, but also efficiently extract enormous value from the board reporting process. 

I highly commend this focused and practical guide and suggest it should be the standard approach adopted by organisations everywhere.

Adam Bennett, former CEO, NSW Land Registry Services

Elevate is an engaging, punchy and pragmatic book that will help you communicate better.

It reminds us all to get to the very heart of the matter, and to think of communication as a valued corporate competence and source of competitive advantage.

Implementing the invaluable lessons within the book will encourage more insightful thinking and inevitably deliver real commercial value to your organisation.

Jasmine Parer, Service Design Lead

This guide is so effective for teaching and embedding more powerful communication within a team. 

Elevate is enjoyable and easy to read with relatable content and stories of the all too familiar and painful paper review cycles we find ourselves in.

I love Davina’s practical advice for how to break unproductive patterns to save time and to empower leaders and contributors. 

Her detailed workshop schedule and metrics to track tangible improvement are so valuable – her book is now required reading in my team!

Louise Cornelis, writing consultant, Netherlands


Davina Stanley really knows what is going on in organization when it comes to writing: she gives the most realistic description I have ever seen of the ‘chain of pain’ of having to deal with endless revisions full of Word’s ‘track changes’.

That means that she, as no other, can offer help to all those struggling writers out there: the book is full of useful instruments that not only speed up the writing process, but that will also lead to better decision making.

John Lee, CEO, Work from Anywhere

I encourage you to unlock the power of clear communication in the boardroom with Engage, the essential guidebook for executives and board members.

Drawing on decades of experience working with top-level executives, Davina provides invaluable insights into identifying communication pitfalls with brilliant message mapping strategies.

Whether you’re a seasoned CEO or just starting out in the business world, Engage offers practical strategies for improving communication skills and achieving greater success. Get ready to elevate your communication game and achieve your goals with Engage.

In Elevate and Engage you will discover ...

»  How to introduce the approach to your team (Elevate) and into your own personal practice (Engage)


»  Strategies for delivering and receiving an effective brief that positions the paper within its strategic context


»  A technique for iterating quickly around the key messages early in the preparation process


»  10 narrative patterns to help jump-start your thinking. Engage also includes case studies for each one.


»  Tools and templates for your own use and to use with your team

Author –

I love what I do.

I help senior leaders and their teams prepare high-quality papers and presentations in a fraction of the time.

This involves ‘nailing' the message that will quickly engage decision makers in the required outcome.

I leverage 25+ years' experience including

  • learning structured thinking techniques at McKinsey in Hong Kong in the mid 1990s before coaching and training their teams globally as a freelancer for a further 15 years
  • being approved to teach the Pyramid Principle by Barbara Minto in 2009
  • helping CEOs, C-suite leaders and their reports deeply understand their stakeholder needs and communicate accordingly
  • seeing leaders cut the number of times they review major papers by ~30% and teams cut the amount of time they take to prepare major papers by up to ~40%*
  • watching senior meetings focus on substantive discussions and better decisions rather than trying to clarify the issue

My approach helps anyone who needs to engage senior leaders and Boards.

Recent clients include 7Eleven, KPMG, Mercer, Meta, Woolworths.

(*) Numbers are based on 2023 client benchmarking results after ~8 weeks of working with me in a group.