This one-day chairing meetings training course will show you how to run meetings so that they are shorter and more productive.

It is highly interactive and so includes a number of practical exercises so that you can practise the skills you are learning.

Learn how to prepare for and structure meetings to ensure that they move through the agenda effectively while encouraging debate and full participation.

On this course you will learn:

  • How to prepare for a meeting so that everyone is clear about its aims and their role.
  • How to keep control of the meeting and disarm disruptive participants.
  • How to ensure that each agenda item is introduced and dealt with effectively.
  • How to build group consensus and gain a clear decision on each agenda item.
  • How to encourage appropriate participation and eliminate time-wasting.

The Trainer

Jo has been a professional development coach and trainer for over 20 years. She is Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD) certified.

She started her career in engineering before transferring to a leading pharmaceutical company. She spent 18 years there in a number of leadership and technical roles across a number of departments including HR, customer service, and training.

Is This The Right Course For Me?

This is a course for complete beginners. You don’t need any previous experience running meetings.

This workshop will be especially useful for those who want to ensure full participation and commitment from everyone present whilst reducing the length of a meeting that they are chairing.

We also offer a shorter half-day chairing meetings training course if you would like a less in-depth look at chairing meetings.

The Training Day

We include everything that you need for a great day’s training, you don’t need to bring anything with you.

  • A full-colour training manual.
  • A certificate of attendance
  • Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day.
  • A comfortable fully air-conditioned training environment.

Our training days run from 9.30 am to approximately 4.30 pm.

This course runs in conjunction with our sister company, Development Academy, which is focused on professional development training.

  • The purpose of meetings
  • Planning meetings
  • Creating an effective objective
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Documenting meetings
  • Participating in meetings
  • Managing the flow of a meeting
  • Motivating a productive discussion
  • Keeping a conversation focused
  • Closing meetings
  • Evaluating a meeting’s effectiveness
  • Taking agreed-upon action
  • Meeting leaders
  • Decisions and ideas
  • Steps for making decisions
  • Generating an option
  • Identifying the best option
  • Implementing an option
  • Exploring “Groupthink”
  • Communicating clearly
  • Communicating assertively
  • Enhancing relationships with participants
  • Dealing with challenging participants
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Improving listening skills
  • Barriers to listening effectively
  • Asking effective questions
  • Types of questions

Online Training Requirements

To attend this Chairing Meetings course online, you will need:

Zoom on your Windows PC/laptop with a camera, speakers & microphone
A stable internet connection capable of running Zoom
To be a confident computer user and able to use Zoom to attend the course

If you have access to a second screen, we would encourage you to use it as it improves the experience.