Effective Minute Taking

Business Skills

Course Duration: One day

Course Overview

Effective minute taking is designed for staff who have the responsibility for organising and attending meetings in a support function. This one day course includes various practical exercises in minute taking which will provide participants with the opportunity to put the learning points of the course into practice.


Module 1 – Essential Minute Taking Preparation – 2 hours
 Role & Responsibilities of a Minute Taker
 Checklist for organising a meeting
 How to prepare and layout an agenda
 Timescales for agenda, draft minutes, approval etc.

Module 2 – Minute Taking Skills – 2.5 hours
 Methods for taking notes
 Using shorthand
 Listening and taking notes simultaneously
 How to transcribe from notes to minutes
 What to include/exclude from minutes
 Use of appropriate style and language in minutes
 Dealing with action points during and subsequent to the meeting
 Layout of minutes

Module 3 – Practical session – 2 hours
 Participants will attend a virtual meeting, take notes and transcribe into minutes
 Course summary and identification of action points

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