Minute Taking Made Simple

Hemsley Fraser
Course summary
1 day
669 GBP excl. VAT
London, Online courses
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Professional Training

Minute Taking Made Simple

This one-day course will make minute taking a breeze. You will learn some simple yet incredibly effective techniques that put you in total control, help you get to the heart of the meeting and leave you confident that you’ve covered everything.

The ability level of a minute taker is key in ensuring that meetings are productive. Because your skills as a minute taker are so important, you need to feel fully confident in your competence. During the course, they training will introduce you to a step-by-step approach to taking effective minutes including different templates that will assist you in producing well-structured agendas and take efficient notes.

After learning the steps and theories, you will take part in practical exercises to put the ideas into practice and ensure that you feel confident doing so.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This Minute Taking Made Simple course is designed for anyone who needs the confidence and skills to produce accurate minutes.

Pre-course Activity

You may want to bring a sample of minutes you have produced to review and refer to on the day. You will be asked to complete a pre-course questionnaire which will help the trainer to focus on individual needs.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

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

  • Save valuable time and gain confidence in your role as minute taker
  • Work in partnership effectively with the chair and colleagues when preparing the agenda, meeting papers and minutes
  • Recognise your own barriers to active listening – and overcome them – to help maintain concentration and capture key points
  • Try out new, tried and tested note-taking techniques
  • Pick out key points from discussions
  • Ultimately produce a clear, concise set of minutes

You will accrue 7 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) points.

Training Course Content

Before the Meeting - Good Preparation 

  • The roles and responsibilities before, during & after the meeting
  • The importance of a pre meeting with the chair
  • Producing agendas – The different types
  • How to work in partnership with the Chair

The Difference Between Hearing and Actively Listening

  • Maintaining concentration when interest is fading
  • Tips to overcome personal barriers to listening
  • Being able to identify the salient points
  • How to behave confidently and obtain clarification assertively

Note-Taking – There is More than One Way

  • Different ways to take notes in different situations and meetings
  • Technology can help – exploring Apps
  • How to deal with technical jargon
  • Analysing good & poor minutes
  • Recording information rapidly, tips on shortened writing

The Final Stages

  • Making sense of the notes 
  • The need to make the minutes visually appealing
  • Formatting and structuring the minutes for clarity and professionalism
  • Checking for accuracy, brevity and clarity
  • Using active sentences, avoiding the passive voice  

Action Planning

  • Creating your personal action plan for the future


The cost of this course is £669 + VAT per delegate.

Multiple booking discounts are available.

In-house Training

Hemsley Fraser can also deliver this course in-house.  Tailoring the content to meet your organisation’s needs.  Please get in touch for a quote.

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I found the Minute Taking Made Simple course priceless! It was good fun, we were kept stimulated and it was great to draw on skills from others as well as the trainer. Producing Minutes back at work isn't a task I have to put off - I can just get on with them! I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to improve or start out with minute ta...
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I found the trainer really professional and friendly; her approach made me feel very comfortable.
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