Thursday 20 February 2020

Taking the Minutes

EMC is holding a one day course on minute taking, designed to support people when taking minutes on Thursday 22 March 2018.

Meetings, short or long, formal 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 such as disciplinaries - then we visit these formats.

The subject may not sound the most exiting - 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 effectively for meeting at which you are to take minutes
  • Understand and use effectively 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 conventions for the format of minutes
  • Recognise 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: format, 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 Facilitator

The session will be led by 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)


Thursday 22 March 2018,  10:00 – 16:30 (with registration from 9.30)

The Venue

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

Further Information

Kirsty Lowe at East Midlands Councils on 01664 502 637 or email

How to book

To book a place on this one day event please complete the booking form via the link below. 


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