PRODUCING PROFESSIONAL MINUTES
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
The course is useful for anyone who must take notes at meetings, whether these be formal minutes or a brief report.
By the end of the course delegates will:
ü Understand the conventions governing formal meetings and minutes;
ü Understand the formal language of meetings;
ü Be capable of preparing an agenda using the appropriate conventions;
ü Recognise the need for a solid relationship with the chairperson of formal meetings and understand the dynamics of meetings;
ü Be capable of taking concise notes during meetings using a recognised system;
ü Be capable of preparing either conventional minutes or notes of meetings, as appropriate to their work;
ü Understand the need for ratification of minutes
ü Use reported speech correctly;
ü The different types of meeting and their concomitant recording styles.
ü The role of the minute/note taker.
ü The formalities and conventions of meetings.
ü The importance of the agenda and agenda preparation.
ü The conventions of minutes/notes of meetings.
ü Taking notes at the meeting, breaking each item into sections, spotting irrelevancies.
ü Using reported speech and plain English.
ü Ensuring conciseness and consistency of notes.
ü Practical minute taking exercises.
The course is extremely participative. Delegates are expected to take part in a mock meeting and to produce actual notes. Each topic is accompanied by a short, practical exercise. A fully detailed booklet accompanies the course. Humorous materials are used where appropriate in order to lift and enliven the subject.