Minute-taking made easy

Course information

Minutes of meetings play a vital role in many organisations – and taking minutes is a highly responsible job. Would you like to feel confident that your minutes are a usable and effective record of a meeting? Do you need your minutes to convey transparency, accountability and good governance?

There’s much more to minute-taking than just turning up at a meeting with a pen. Minutes must accurately reflect the decisions taken and actions agreed at a meeting. They must also be clear, concise and polished. Learn the skills you need in this practical workshop. The onsite course involves a fun guided role-play, so you will have a ‘meeting’, take notes and write them up. The live online course uses video for note-taking practice.

After this course, you will:

  • Feel confident that you know how to take minutes effectively
  • Understand the role and responsibilities of the minute-taker
  • Be able to listen more effectively for salient points
  • Understand how to decide what goes into minutes (and what doesn’t)
  • Take shorter clearer notes (to speed up the writing-up stage)

Who should attend?

This minute-taking course is for anyone who takes minutes – whether it’s for a team meeting or a Board meeting, or anywhere in between. It’s for experienced minute-takers who want to update their skills and learn new techniques, especially to write less during a meeting. It’s also for novice minute-takers who want to have confidence that they can fulfil the role effectively.

What’s covered in this course

1

Before the meeting

  • Identify the type of minutes required
  • Define objectives and users of the minutes
  • Create an effective agenda
  • Prepare for the meeting
2

During the meeting

  • How to show your role is important
  • How to listen for salient points
  • Develop your own ‘shorthand’
  • Use a note-taking template
3

After the meeting

  • Prepare notes for the writing-up stage
  • Use layout to highlight key points
  • Review your minutes
  • Liaise with the Chair
For a more detailed course outline, please get in touch.

Course delivery options ​

Live online training

Practical interactive online session. Then, for more practice, a new set of your minutes is assessed by the trainer.

Tailored in-house courses

Get the training you need with customised onsite training for your teams. One-day or half-day courses for small groups.

Bespoke coaching – online

One-to-one sessions focus on your challenges and objectives. Practical exercises are based on your own minutes.

Get expert tips for your business writing – in our free fact-sheets

Want a refresher on punctuation? Or a quick guide to plain English? What about tips on writing for your website? Or useful phrases for minutes? Our fact-sheets are full of information that will help you to write clear, correct English.

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  • Quick Punctuation Guide
  • Quick Grammar Guide
  • Ten Common Errors
  • Commonly Confused Words
  • Customer Communications with Impact
  • Writing for the Web
  • Web Accessibility
  • Editing for Results
  • Writing & Editing Checklist
  • Minutes – Useful Phrases

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