Minute Writing Skills Course
- 1 Day
Minute writing skills training open courses in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Gatwick, Heathrow, Central London, Bristol, Cambridge, Leicester
Development Training Courses:
Time: 8:45 tea/coffee for a 9:00 start – 4:30 finish
Open Course: £375 +VAT per delegate
In House Course: from £1,500
+VAT per day for up to 15 delegates
Open or in house course as follows:
Minute writing is an important but difficult skill.
Minutes are “a written document that accurately and objectively records the
essence of a meeting.”
The skills of minute writing fall under three main headings:
- Making good initial notes, in the meeting, when everyone is
talking at once.
- Converting the initial notes into a finished document that is brief, accurate
- Before the next meeting, distributing the minutes to all the relevant people.
Of the three listed above, it is the first that is the most difficult.
Making good initial notes, in the meeting: if you can do that well, everything
else follows on. If your initial notes are bad: everything else will be equally
This course is designed to help you to take accurate notes so that you can create
accurate minutes. The content of the course covers:
Here is an outline of the minutes writing course:
Why it is important to take good minutes
Two listening methods:
- The pan sifter: who is selective listener. This is the right way.
- The sponge: who tries to record everything. This is the wrong way.
Develop the ability to discern the others 'point'
How to pick our the important from the not important
Four minute taking methods
- Structured notes
- Table plan
- Verbatim notes
How to take the notes in the meeting
Managing the delegates
Use the question 'How do you want me to minute that?'
Have a “Pre-meeting meeting” with the chairperson
Train the chairperson to be your ally
The importance of the agenda
Get there early to prepare yourself
Writing the finished minutes
Use the ABC principle: Accurate, Brief and Clear
- Use specific nouns
- Use specific verbs
- Avoid ambiguity
- Decide: active or passive
- Practice exercises
Three ways to write the final notes
- Transcript: verbatim
- Main points
- Action summary
Final big practice exercise
Minutes writing skills - summary and action plan
Excellent, having already done a NLP course before I liked how some of those elements were tied in with some more practical and day to day ideas. The trainer's presentation: Well presented, very clear, helped me understand all the elements well.
Delegate: Dave Christophi
Company: Premier Global
The training method follows this general pattern:
The training is very interactive and interesting
- The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
- Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
- The delegates practice by doing exercise with the trainer.
- All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
- Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
- (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).
Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment
by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can
relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!
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