Become a confident, accurate minute taker. Learn how to quickly take clear notes and how to produce clear, professional minutes.

Producing accurate, easy-to-understand minutes is vital to an organisation’s decision making process. Taking the minutes of fast-moving and large meetings is a complex skill.

Without training, minutes may be too scanty or too comprehensive, unclear and disjointed, or fall short of accurately reporting the meeting and the actions to be taken.

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


This is a very practical course. It will involve you taking minutes a number of times during the day to practice the skills that you are being taught.

We ask that anyone with previous experience of taking minutes brings in some of those example minutes to share with the class (with confidential information removed) as they can provide very valuable learning points.

This course is structured to walk you through the process of taking a set of minutes as you would for a meeting.

It begins by looking at why minutes are important and how they are used.

It then moves to  look at what and how you should prepare before a meeting. Arriving well prepared and organised is vital as it gives you the time and space during the meeting to focus.

Next it looks at how you should work during the actual meeting. This includes how you should interact with the chair of the meeting and also active listening to ensure that you are noting all of the key point.

Finally it looks at the post meeting production of minutes. It deals with, how you should present the information and what the appropriate structure and style is for you to use.

It finished with a session to work through how you will practically use this knowledge on your return to work as all work places work in different ways.


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 through the day.
✔ A tasty, freshly prepared lunch.
✔ Comfortable, fully air-conditions 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.


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

If you are not an experienced minute taker it is useful, if possible, for you to have a go at taking some minutes of a meeting or similar. It will help bring the learning to life for you.


  • Understanding the purpose of the meeting
  • The type of meeting
  • The meeting agenda
  • The purpose and value of 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
  • How to present the information to the best effect
  • Discussing and planning of how you will practically apply the skills and knowledge that you have gained during the day on your return to work