Monday 17 February 2020

Taking the Minutes (EVENT FULL)

EMC is holding a one day course on minute taking, designed to support people when taking minutes.

Meetings, short or long, formal or informal or informal, need minutes and/or action notes. This one day course explains why and shows how easy it is to take effective, readable minutes.

In the process delegates learn how to set and use an agenda - including what ‘any other business’ is really for - and find out who should be doing what if the meeting is to work well. And, if there are special meetings that delegates are likely to be working with - such as disciplinarians - then we visit these formats too.

The subject may not sound the most exciting - but we guarantee that anyone who takes minutes will find it worthwhile, fun and interesting.


By the end of the course, you will be better able to:

  • Prepare effectivity for meetings at which you are to take minutes
  • Understand and use effectively the roles of the roles of the chair and the minute taker, including preparation, clarification and follow-up.
  • Know how to listen for and capture the key points during a meeting.
  • Understand the needs of the users of minutes and choose an appropriate format for them.
  • Follow useful and accepted conversations for the format of minutes.
  • Recognize and avoid common obstacles to effective listening, note-taking and writing and develop your skills in these areas.
  • Produce a clear, accurate set of notes from a recorded meeting.

The day will include presentations, structured discussion and practical exercises. The programme content will include;

  • Basic principles of minute writing: purpose, uses, users, needs.
  • Preparing for the meeting: roles and responsibilities, agendas.
  • Different types of minutes: formal, informal, verbatim, action only.
  • Structure of a set of minutes.
  • Format of a minute.
  • Successful listening: barriers, overcoming obstacles.
  • Making and using notes.
  • Practical exercise to produce a set of notes.

The trainer - Clare Forrest

Following a career in operational management and human resources Clare has been a Training Consultant and Seminar Speaker for more than a decade, specialising in Secretarial and Assistant Development, Assessment, Recruitment and Writing.

The Costs

Local Authority Members £175

Associate Members £210

Non-members £250

(all prices subject to VAT)

How to book

To book a place at this event please complete the online booking form below.

For Further Details Contact:

Kirsty Lowe, East Midlands Councils, First Floor Offices, South Annexe, Pera Business Park, Nottingham Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0PB or call 01664 502 637

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