Run productive, fun meetings that get things done.
Delivery: Live online & in-person workshops
Price: £395 + VAT
Length: 1 Day

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Course overview

Learn how to organise and run fun, productive meetings that people will look forward to on this one-day chairing meetings effectively training course.

By the end of this course you will understand:

  • Preparation:
    How to make sure that everyone attending is clear on their role and the aims of the meeting.
  • During The Meeting:
    How to ensure that each meeting agenda item is introduced and dealt with effectively.
    How to structure discussions to encourage participation, build consensus and reach clear decisions.
    How to deal with time wasters and disruptive participants in difficult meetings.
  • 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.

You do not need to have any prior experience of chairing meetings to come on this course, it’s designed for complete beginners.

However, if you already have experience chairing meetings it is always helpful if you can bring with you examples of issues and difficulties that you’ve had, no matter what type of meeting it is.

To see other similar courses see: Management & Leadership Courses.

Course Details

This introductory session gives you a firm foundation and framework to build upon.

  • 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

This session starts looking at the practicalities of getting decisions made.

  • Meeting leaders
  • Decision making and ideas
  • Steps for making decisions
  • Generating an option
  • Identifying the best option
  • Implementing an option
  • Exploring “Groupthink”

As the chair of a meeting it is critical that you communicate well throught a meeting. This session looks at how you can improve your communication skills specifically with regard to chairing meetings.

  • Communicating clearly
  • Communicating assertively
  • Enhancing relationships with participants
  • Dealing with challenging participants
  • Non-verbal communication & assertiveness
  • Improving listening skills
  • Barriers to listening effectively
  • Asking effective questions
  • Types of questions
London Training Centre
Fleet House, 8 - 12 New Bridge St
London, EC4N 7BE
Tel: 0203 143 8100


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


We’ll happily create a custom chairing meetings 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?

We frequently run our chairing meetings training as in house training for groups from the same company.

Our chairing meetings training course runs from 9.30am to approximately 4.30am.

We ask that you try to arrive by 9.15am to 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:

  • 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 Lunch and travel to and from the training venue and accommodation overnight if that is required.

This course provides a guide to effectively chairing meetings of all kinds – board meetings, committee meetings, club meetings etc – as the issues and tips for chairing meetings are applicable to all types of meetings.

For example, setting rules for meetings and using assertiveness to guide participants to behave well applies across all types of meetings. Learning to run effective meetings is useful in multiple contexts.

Our course exercises and practical tips for effective chairing of meetings apply universally to all meetings.

Effective meetings efficiently and effectively achieve their goals.

Meetings are called so that a group of people can come together to discuss a number of agenda items and reach a clear conclusion on them.

Well run and effective meetings allow organisations to:

  • Effectively communicate and discuss issues
  • Increase motivation and productivity by achieving by in
  • Ensure that the best solution to a problem is selected through seeking multiple view points and opinions.