Minute-taking Masterclass

Produce minutes that can be relied upon

For: People who take minutes for board meetings, committee meetings and team meetings

Level: Foundation

Time: ½ – 1 day (face-to-face or virtual courses)

Organisations that keep minutes need them to be timely, accurate and action-oriented. So, they need to be able to rely completely on the people who produce them.

On the Minute-taking Masterclass, your team will learn how to filter conversations so they can capture the main points, decisions and actions in fast-moving meetings.

They’ll practise producing minutes that are clear and informative. And they’ll learn about working practices which will help them produce their minutes quickly and send them out sooner.

This course will be tailored to your organisation’s needs. We’ll use your minute-taking template, examples of your minutes and focus on your team’s specific challenges.

Your team will be able to:

  • Provide an accurate record of meetings in their minutes
  • Work effectively with the Chair – before, during and after the meeting
  • Produce minutes efficiently so that attendees receive them quickly

Content for the Minute-taking Masterclass

Understanding the fundamentals

  • Understanding the importance of keeping minutes for organisations
  • Using shorthand and minute-taking terminology properly
  • Filtering conversations to retain what’s important and let go of what’s not

Getting organised properly

  • Before the meeting – taking a proper brief and distributing the agenda
  • At the meeting – discreetly co-ordinating with the Chair
  • After the meeting – writing up minutes from notes quickly and reviewing them with the Chair

Producing clear, concise minutes

  • Highlighting action points and deadlines
  • Increasing reading clarity with reporting verbs and active voice
  • Proofreading properly by using effective techniques

Learning options for the Minute-taking Masterclass

  • Training only
  • Combine with reviews of your people’s minutes
  • Combine with coaching for individual team members
  • Combine with a consulting project to develop common standards, processes and tools for all your minutes

Your training programme will include implementation resources and support to help your team make fast progress with their writing skills.

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My training is based on my 20 years’ experience as a business writer and communications professional.

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I’m based in London and work with clients
across the UK and internationally.

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If you’d like to have a chat about the Minute-taking Masterclass for your team, please send me a message.