Delivered as live online or in-person workshop training.
Become a confident, accurate minute taker.
Learn to take clear notes & produce concise, polished minutes.

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Course Overview

This practical one day minute taking training course will show you the process step-by-step from pre-meeting preparation through to distribution of the final document.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify everything needed to prepare for and set up a meeting for maximum effectiveness
  • Write and distribute meeting agendas
  • Take accurate notes during the meeting and work with the meeting chairman
  • Seek clarification and document the key decisions taken at a meeting
  • Convert your notes into clear, effective minutes


You don’t need any prior minute taking experience to attend this course.

This training course gives you lots of chances to practice minute-taking. You’ll return to work feeling much more confident and relaxed as you’ll be clear on what you need to include and what you can leave out which is the vital skill.

If you have not tried to take minutes before you attend this course it is useful if you can give it a try in a meeting as it will help bring the learning to life for you.


Course Details
  • Understanding the purpose of the meeting
  • The type of meeting
  • The meeting agenda
  • The purpose and value of taking notes or minutes
  • Notifying participants / Arranging the meeting
  • Working with the chair and meeting participants
  • Meeting roles and dynamics
  • Helping to keep to time
  • Developing listening skills
  • What to record – the important vs. the irrelevant
  • Who needs to know what?
  • Achieving accuracy, brevity and clarity
  • Using the appropriate structure and style
  • Efficient use of your time and the attendees’ time
  • How to present the information to the best effect

During this session, you are guided to prepare a personalised action plan of how you will apply the skills and knowledge that you have learned during the day when you return to work.

Your Trainer

Jo has been a professional development coach and trainer for over 20 years, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD).

She started her career as an engineer before moving to a global pharmaceutical company, where she spent 18 years. While she was there she progressed through a variety of leadership and technical roles across HR, customer service and training.

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


London Training Centre
Fleet House, 8 - 12 New Bridge St
London, EC4N 7BE
Tel: 0203 143 8100


Private training courses

Let us know exactly what you need and we’ll happily create a custom minute taking course 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

You don’t need to bring anything with you to our training courses.

We offer a relaxed, supportive learning environment and some of the nicest instructors on the planet.

Our courses run from 9.30am to roughly 4.15pm.

We include everything you need for a really enjoyable, productive day:

  • Plenty of refreshments and biscuits throughout the day.
  • A tasty, freshly prepared lunch.
  • Comfortable, fully air-conditioned training rooms.
  • A full-colour minute-taking book to take home with you

There is no dress code. Please come dressed in whatever you are most comfortable in.




We are limit the number of people in our workshops to 5.

We pride ourselves on ensuring that everyone gets plenty of one-to-one attention and time to ask questions.

Limiting numbers is the only way to guarantee this to everyone who attends one of our minute taking courses.

Our effective minute taking course teaches the fundamentals of writing minutes.

These are the tried and tested skills that do not change whatever type of meeting you are taking minutes for, although the exact way that you apply them will vary.

For example, an all-day quarterly board meeting will require far more detailed planning than taking minutes for a weekly team meeting but in both cases, effective minute taking will require you to plan ahead before the meeting.

Similarly, taking notes and distributing them three days after a quarterly meeting will be entirely appropriate. If the minute taker distributes the minutes of a weekly meeting three days afterwards that is too late. In both cases, however, writing clear minutes is vital.

We’re not happy if you’re not happy.

If you’re not happy with your training course then we will give you your money back. See this link for full details.

If you would like to see some of our reviews please take a look at our Google reviews here: Development Academy Google Reviews

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 remind the trainer at the start of your training day. We will, of course, let them know but it’s helpful for you to remind them when they are getting to know everyone at the start of the day.

You can change your course dates up to 14 days before the course start date subject to an administration 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 minute taking training day.
The only additional costs for you will be travel to and from the training venue and accommodation overnight if that is required.