Minute Taking Skills Made Easy

November 16, 2017 from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm

A meeting is an event where minutes are taken and hours wasted. – James T. Kirk, Captain of the USS Enterprise

Taking minutes is often seen as the boring and tedious job that no-one wants to do or is often delegated to the most junior person but, as has been observed, “History is written by people who attend meetings, stay until the end, and keep the minutes”.

It can be a skill to listen to the debate in meetings, understand what has happened, identify the decisions/policies made and record them in such a way that people who were not there can clearly understand what has happened.

This half-day course takes delegates through the process of understanding the role of the minute taker as well as providing tips. tricks and templates to ensure that their minutes are clear and accurate.

Course Content

  • Define the meaning and role of minutes
  • Pre-meeting preparation
  • Using templates and formats
  • Keywords vs sentences
  • Essential information
  • Actions vs decisions
  • Managing confusion
  • Recording vs précis
  • Learning outcomes

By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Prepare for meetings
  • Write clear records
  • Keep minutes short but accurate
  • Make decisions and policy clear
  • Take minutes confidently and effectively

Who is it for?

This course is for Personal Assistants, Admin Support, Secretaries, or anyone tasked with the job of taking minutes from informal team meetings and/or formal Board and committee meetings.


Training location

Chamber Training Centre - Blackpool and the Fylde Coast
Chamber Training Centre, Blackpool, United Kingdom
Price :
Members: £79; Affiliate Members £99; Non-Members £119
Contact :
Chamber Training Team Email: training@lancschamber.co.uk; Or by telephone 01253 347063

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