Sunday 26 January 2020

Taking Minutes not Hours

About the workshop

This workshop will give participants practical tips and techniques to help them write:

  • effective agendas before meetings
  • notes during meetings
  • minutes after meetings 

The course will cover:

  • The session also suggests a variety of practical ways that the minute taker can help meetings to be more productive, make decisions and take action. It is designed for the informal environment of team meetings, however, participants will also find the ideas useful in more formal meetings.


  • Course content
  • Participants’ concerns and objectives
  • What minutes are and why they matter
  • The different types of minutes and when to use them

Before the meeting: getting prepared:

  • Actions and checklists to help the minute taker
  • Writing a good agenda

At the meeting: preparing, listening and taking notes

  • Getting prepared at the start of the meeting
  • Listening skills: listening for meaning, deciding what to minute and summarising the facts
  • Checking and understanding outcomes
  • Etiquette and tips
  • Developing your own shorthand
  • Different ways to take notes during the meeting
  • Practice sessions

After the meeting: writing up the minutes

  • What goes in each section
  • 'The meaning of words'
  • Layout tips
  • Writing clearly and concisely: using words that are simple, correct, necessary and specific
  • Understanding readability statistics
  • Using bullet points

Grammar, punctuation and spelling

  • Reviewing the main punctuation marks
  • Individual areas of concern

Proofreading and review

  • Tips, techniques and checklists for editing and proofreading
  • Review of actions from the day

Date and Time

8 November 2018, 10:00 -16:30


Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB


£175 - for EMC members

£210 - associate members

£250 - non-members

All prices are subject to VAT.

The Trainer

The workshop will be led by Kathey Bailey from KBTraining, who also runs our 'Report Writing' and 'Speed and Effective Reading' courses.

This is a very interactive course with lots of practical exercises, so come prepared to participate and also bring some examples of your work to review.

For Further Details Contact:

Kirsty Lowe, East Midlands Councils, or call 01664 502 620

East Midlands Councils, Phoenix House, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 0UL

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