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Accountants as Communicators

Author: Moe Harrison /Thursday, June 16, 2016/Categories: SNI Companies, SNI Financial, For Job Seekers, Industry Trends, SNI Certes, Financial Staffing, Industry Trends, Accounting Now

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It has been said that accountants speak a language of their own. As a result, financial teams can use acronyms and other “short hand” to quickly and effectively communicate information. However, accountants are spending more and more time communicating with their non-finance counter-parts. This can result in the accounting team appearing difficult to understand. For finance professionals who communicate and work with varying parts of the organization, it is critical to focus on these three key essential communications considerations:


Need: Effective financial communication starts with knowing what your audience needs. Whether you are developing a report or delivering a presentation, it is important to zero in on what your colleagues need to know to better understand an issue or take necessary action. Resist the temptation to share everything you know –focus on what they need to know.


Language: Financial communication does not have to only be about finance. If you are communicating with the marketing team, find a way to tie the information into their work. For example, the marketing team might not understand capital expenditures or amortization; they do understand that it takes progressive investments to penetrate a market. By using their language and terms, you can also help them to better understand financial information.


Relevance: Accountants, because of their skills in relating unrelated data and figures together, can see the whole story from only a few pieces of information. As a result, accounts sometimes assume that others in the organization can do the same. To be the best financial communicator possible, be sure that you not only provide information but explain the relationship between key data points. By explaining the relevance and interdependencies between facts and figures financial communicators can help enhance understanding as well as share information.

Focusing on communication does take time and effort. But for the finance professional who wants to be seen as a valued resource to their colleagues and management, it’s a necessity.

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Moe Harrison
Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison

Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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Moe Harrison is a Regional Vice President with SNI. With more than 15 years’ experience in recruiting and personnel management, Moe has a unique perspective on the top issues and concerns of employers and candidates in the accounting and finance fields.

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