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Minute Taking

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Course Details

For Whom: All Staff
Dates: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Location: Shannon Room, Plassey House
Time: 09.15 - 13.00
Presenter: Sarah Marriott, Plain English
Cost: €50
Duration: Half Day

Course Overview

Minute-takingParticipants will gain confidence in their skills on this half-day workshop-style course. You will also learn about best practice, how to listen more effectively and how to write less during a meeting – and how to ensure completed minutes achieve their objectives.Course contentPart 1 – Introduction

  • Best practice: defining good minutes
  • What are the key skills for minute-taking?
  • Style of different types of minutes: formal and informal
  • Practical: A to Z of taking minutes

Part 2 – Before and during a meeting

  • Use a meetings checklist
  • Create an effective agenda
  • Listen more confidently – for salient points (and decide what to leave out)
  • Take shorter clearer notes (to speed up transcribing)
  • Practice: Taking minutes in a meeting, using guided role-play (notes provided)

Part 3 – After a meeting

  • Templates for formal and informal minutes
  • Practice: Writing up minutes from the role-play
  • Writing tips: effective lists / active voice / being concise
  • Useful phrases for formal minutes
  • Practice: Editing minutes from the role-play


To book a place, please email Please send your request accompanied by your line Manager’s/Head of Department’s approval to clearly stating your department’s cost centre details