The one-day effective meetings course covers chairing meetings and minute taking – the two key parts of any effective meeting.

By the time you finish, you’ll be able to run fast-moving, effective meetings that drive real results.

✔ An accelerated combined course that covers all of the basics.
✔ Plenty of one-to-one attention and time to ask questions.
✔ Friendly expert trainers, small groups, and a comfortable place to learn.

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.

What Will I Learn?

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Set up and structure meetings to ensure everyone is informed and prepared.
  • Run and take notes of meetings that generate real discussion and decisions
  • Create clear minutes and follow up on agreed actions.

Am I Ready For This Course?

This course was designed for complete beginners. You do not need any prior experience to attend. 

This is an intensive one-day course.

It covers the key concepts of minute taking and chairing meetings and shows you how they can be combined to make meetings really effective.

For a course focused on minute taking please see: one day minute taking course.

For a course focused on chairing meetings please see: one day chairing meetings training.

Course Details

  • The purpose of the meeting
  • The agenda
  • Notifying participants/arranging the meeting
  • Meeting expectations

• Managing (Chairing) the meeting
• Meeting participants
• Roles and dynamics
• Developing listening skills and encouraging participation
• What to record – the important vs. the irrelevant
• Keeping to time
• Keeping focused
• Evaluating effectiveness

• Avoiding post meetings discussions and fall out
• Accuracy, brevity, and clarity of minutes and other follow up
• Tracking and following up on actions

• Who needs to know what?
• Achieving accuracy, brevity, and clarity
• Using the appropriate structure and style
• How to present the information to the best effect

Online Training Requirements

To attend this Combined Minute Taking and 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.