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The Minute Taker's Workshop

This course is currently available as E-Learning, or a private instructor-led class scheduled to suit your availabilty. You can click here to inquire further or you ask us for recommendations on similar classes.

Recommended Prerequisites

No prerequisites are required for this course.

Course Overview

No matter who you are or what you do, whether at work or in the community, you are likely involved in meetings. Meetings are costly, whether they are held in a company boardroom or at the local coffee shop. To ensure that meetings are productive and worth the expense involved, three ingredients are necessary: an assurance of closure, a strong chair or leader, and accurate minutes. It has been said that if accurate minutes have not been recorded, then the meeting may just as well not have taken place.

If people can’t remember or agree on what actually occurred at a meeting, how can the group effectively accomplish its objectives? After this course, you will understand your role as a minute-taker and the best techniques for producing minutes that include all the essential information needed.

Learning Objectives

Course Outline

  1. Course Overview
  2. The Role of a Minute-Taker
  3. What is a Minute-Taker?
  4. Problems and Solutions
  5. The Skills of a Minute-Taker
  6. Key Skills
  7. Listening Skills
  8. Critical Thinking Skills
  9. Organization Skills
  10. Meeting Agreements
  11. Minute Styles
  12. Choosing a Style
  13. Informal Minutes
  14. Action Minutes
  15. Formal Minutes
  16. What Do I Record?
  17. Recording Motions and Resolutions
  18. What to Record
  19. Techniques for Preparing Minutes
  20. Top Techniques
  21. Writing Minutes
  22. Preparing Minutes
  23. Editing Minutes
  24. Pre-Assignment Review
  25. Taking Minutes in an Interactive Meeting
  26. The Minute Book
  27. Personal Action Plan
  28. Recommended Reading List
  29. Post-Course Assessment

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