Chairing Meetings Course

Learn how to manage shorter, more productive meetings.
Become an effective meeting chairperson.

Chairing Meetings Course
Course overview

Meetings are an integral part of company life. They offer an essential forum for sharing information, debate, planning and decision-making.

When poorly run and managed, they are also very frustrating as people feel that they are wasting their time and not getting anything done.

Carefully planned and managed meetings save time and help businesses reach their objectives.

This one day course will show you, and let you practice, what it takes to organise and run productive meetings that people will look forward to attending.

By the end of this course you will understand the why and how of:

  • Preparation:
    How to prepare for a meeting so that everyone is clear about what their role is, and what the aim of the meeting is?
  • During The Meeting:
    How to ensure that each agenda item is introduced and dealt with effectively.
    How to structure discussions to encourage participation, build a group consensus and ensure that a clear decision is taken on each agenda item.
    How to deal with time wasters and disruptive participants.
  • Follow Up:
    How to ensure that appropriate useful minutes are produced and distributed.

This course is aimed at anyone who chairs or will be chairing meetings. It is especially useful if you will be chairing meetings where it is important to get full participation and contribution from everyone present.

It does not require any prior experience. If you do chair meetings already it is always helpful if you can bring with you examples of issues and difficulties that you’ve had (of whatever type) to date.

Course Details
  • The purpose of meetings
  • Planning meetings
  • Creating an effective objective
  • Scheduling a meeting
  • Documenting meetings
  • Participating in meetings
  • Managing the flow of a meeting
  • Motivating a productive discussion
  • Keeping a conversation focused
  • Closing meetings
  • Evaluating a meeting’s effectiveness
  • Taking agreed-upon action
  • Meeting leaders
  • Decisions and ideas
  • Steps for making decisions
  • Generating an option
  • Identifying the best option
  • Implementing an option
  • Exploring “Groupthink”
  • Communicating clearly
  • Communicating assertively
  • Enhancing relationships with participants
  • Dealing with challenging participants
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Improving listening skills
  • Barriers to listening effectively
  • Asking effective questions
  • Types of questions
London Training Centre
8 - 12 New Bridge St
London, EC4N 7BE
Tel: 0203 143 8100


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Guildford Training Centre
Surrey Technology Centre, 40 Occam Road
Guildford, GU2 7YG
Tel: 01483 380 390


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Private Courses

We’ll happily create a custom course for you if that is what you would prefer.

Simply let us know exactly what you would like to focus on during your day during the pre-course consultation and we’ll create one just for you.

We customise it just for you:

  • 1-2-1 or in-house with your colleagues?
  • At your offices or in one of our centres?
  • Focusing only on certain key topics?

The Day

Our training runs from 9.30am to approximately 4.30am.

We ask that you try to arrive for 9.15am so that we can take your lunch order and get you comfortably settled in with a cup of tea or coffee ready to start at 9.30am.

All of our training rooms are air-conditioned and have plenty of outside light.

You do not need to bring anything with you.

We provide everything that you will need for a really productive day’s training:

  •  A delicious freshly prepared lunch.
  • Plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits
  • A full-colour book for you to make notes in and take home
  • Pads and pens

Please come wearing whatever you are most comfortable wearing. We do not have a dress code.


We will send you a booking confirmation as soon as we process your email.

This will include full of your course booking and also a full tax invoice.

It should hopefully give you all the information that you need but if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we’re here to help.

We accept credit and debit cards and also direct bank transfers.

No there is no dress code for our courses.

Please come wearing whatever you are most comfortable in.

If you have any special needs or requirements please let us know when you book your course so that we can confirm that we’ll be able to accommodate your needs before you book the course. Please also let the trainer know at the start of your training day.

You can change your course dates up to 14 days before the course start date subject to an administrator fee of £95 + VAT. Changes cannot be made to the booking within 14 days of the course start date.

Please see our full terms and conditions for more details.

No. We provide everything that you need for the training day.

The only additional costs for you will be travel to and from the training venue and accommodation overnight if that is required.