Does the thought of taking minutes at a meeting overwhelm you? Have you ever read the minutes of a meeting that you attended and found that they did not correspond to your memory of what actually happened? Neither of these experiences is unusual. In this one-day workshop, participants will learn how to record minutes accurately and to maintain a balance between brevity and sufficient data so readers are well-informed but not overloaded with information. The workshop will also spend some time on agenda preparation. There are several opportunities to practice various aspects of recording minutes, including recording minutes from an actual, although brief, meeting.
- Characteristics of effective minutes
- Listening skills while recording
- Tips to help you stay focused during a meeting
- The do’s and don’ts of taking minutes
- Understanding quorum and parliamentary procedure
- Which items must be recorded and which should not be recorded
- Safe shortcuts to use
- Effective writing skills — clarity, coherence, brevity, active verbs
- Using a computer to record minutes
- What happens after the meeting
- Creating a useful agenda
- Teleconferencing issues and tips
- Anyone who has to take minutes of meetings
Elva Keip, has delivered workshops and courses in the adult education field for over 20 years. Her finely honed skills and dynamic presence ensure superb training and facilitation. She also designs and develops highly detailed instructors’ guides for other trainers to use. As a writer, Elva provides clients with plain language documentation for procedures, policies, fact sheets, and manuals.
“I found this session to be extremely effective. I have taken away many tips and will implement them.”
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