Business writing training
Meetings and minute taking

2 days £please call

Key details

Key details

Teaches everything you need to know to host successful meetings and take effective minutes.

Meetings are a necessary part of everyday life in a modern organisation. As not everybody can attend meetings, taking minutes ensures that everybody has a common understanding of what was discussed and decided, and has a record of the actions it was agreed would be carried out.

Our Meetings and minute taking course is practical and hands-on. You’ll learn about:

  • The meeting process, and the roles and skills involved.
  • The processes that should be carried out before, during and after the meeting.
  • Writing and formatting skills, to improve the quality of the minutes you release.

This course is ideal for anyone who is responsible for:

  • Arranging a business meeting.
  • Taking minutes at a meeting.

The variety of people who may perform these roles is extremely wide. They typically include secretaries, PAs and administrative assistants.

Meetings and minute taking training is available on-request only, i.e. one-to-one training or a ‘closed’ course for your group. We don’t currently offer scheduled (public) Meetings and minute taking courses. This approach means that we can tailor your training to your exact business needs.

We can host the training at one of our centres, or your venue anywhere in the UK.

Duration

The standard course duration is two days.

A cut-down one-day course, focusing on just minute taking, is also available.

Expert trainer

Meetings and minute taking courses are hosted by Peter Dillon-Parkin.

Peter is the author of the published book Essential minute taking skills.

How will I learn?

Training combines lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice.

Exercises provide activity-based experience and help build delegates’ confidence writing effectively. These exercises can be tailored to deal with issues specific to your business and the blog you want.

You have ample opportunity to discuss specific requirements with the trainer.

Training guide and certificate

Course delegates receive:

  • A comprehensive training guide for Meetings and minute taking, to refer to throughout the course, and to use as a refresher back in the work-place.
  • An e-certificate confirming successful completion of a Meetings and minute taking training course. Click here to see an example of the certificate you receive.

After course support

Following Meetings and minute taking training, delegates are entitled to 30 days’ email support from their trainer to help with any post-course issues. For further details, see Support.

General information

General information

Course times

Standard course times are 9.30am–4.30pm.

As we’d be hosting this course for you/your group, there’s usually flexibility to change these to suit you, e.g. start or end 30 minutes earlier or later.

Payment

Payment for Meetings and minute taking training can be made bank transfer or card. View training course payment options.

We accept purchase orders from UK-registered companies.

Accommodation

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Cancellations and postponements

If an on-request Meetings and minute taking course booking is cancelled giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a cancellation fee is payable. View cancellation terms.

If an on-request Meetings and minute taking course booking is postponed giving less than 20 working days’ notice, a postponement fee is payable. View postponement terms.

Terms and conditions

Training course bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

 

Expert trainer

Expert trainer

Peter Dillon-Parkin

Trainer Peter Dillon-ParkinMeetings and minute taking courses are hosted by Peter Dillon-Parkin.

Peter has thirty years’ experience in business in roles that have included Author, Trainer, Business Analyst, Senior Manager and Education Management Consultant.

He has written, designed and project-managed everything from printed manuals and technical specifications to online help and e-learning training materials, specialising in writing for an international audience. An expert in document automation and information re-purposing, he uses templates to avoid endlessly reinventing the wheel when producing documents.

Peter develops and teaches a wide range of technical and business writing training courses. Clients for whom Peter has recently provided consultancy services and training to include Learning Tree International, The Guardian, Canon Europe, the BBC, the MoD and the UN.

Peter is the author of the published book Essential minute taking skills.

Course content

Course content

Introduction

  • Why Do We Have Minutes?

The Meeting Process

  • Calling a Meeting
  • The Eleven Step Meeting Process
  • What Makes a Successful Meeting?
  • Action Plan: Successful Meeting Checklist
  • Meeting Roles and Skills

Before the Meeting

  • The Meeting Administrator
  • The Chair
  • The Scribe
  • Preparing for the Meeting
  • Interview Planning
  • Interview Skills
  • Action Plan: Before the Meeting

During the Meeting

  • The Meeting Administrator
  • The Chair
  • The Scribe

After the Meeting

  • The Meeting Administrator
  • The Chair
  • The Scribe

Writing and Formatting Skills

  • Editing Your Draft
  • Creating Concise Text
  • Layout and Presentation