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One Day Minute Writing Skills Training

Learn practical tools that you can use in real-life situations. Minute Writing Skills Training
  • Gain the benefits of taking excellent written minutes
  • Avoid the perils of failing to take good minutes accurately
  • Improve your listening, memory and note-taking skills
  • In the meeting, use Content-Mapping to make your initial notes
  • Avoid being overwhelmed by the sheer pace of the conversation
  • Handle challenging delegates: help them to help you take good notes
  • From the initial notes, produce the perfect finished minutes
Learn in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with people who are facing similar situations as you.

One Day Course Outline for Minute Writing Skills Training

Day One - Morning

  • The importance of taking good minutes
  • The difference between minutes and transcription
  • Two listening methods
  • Two listening skills
  • Four minute taking methods

Day One - Afternoon

  • Practical exercise in minute writing
  • Managing the delegates
  • Making the chairperson your ally
  • The importance of the agenda
  • Writing the finished minutes

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Course Timings: Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30. Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00.
6 trainer-led hours, additional 2-3 via post-course portal independent learning

We currently offer training courses in: London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Maidstone, Kent, Glasgow, Scotland, Leeds, Gloucestershire

There was lots to take in, but very interesting and relevant. Made me think carefully about my future actions to improve my business acumen. Trainer's Presentation was animated and friendly, but kept on point despite my interruptions! Very knowledgeable.

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About this Minute Writing Skills Training Course

Minutes are a written document that accurately and objectively records the essence of a meeting.
Minute writing is an important but difficult skill.

The skills of minute writing fall under three main headings:

  1. Making good initial notes, in the meeting, when everyone may be talking at once.
  2. Converting the initial notes into a finished document that is brief, accurate and precise.
  3. Before the next meeting, distributing the minutes to all the relevant people.

Of the three skills listed above, it is the first that is the most difficult.
You need to perfect the art of making good initial notes, in the meeting:

If you can make good initial notes, then everything else follows quickly from that.
If your initial notes are wrong: then everything else will be equally bad.

This course is designed to help you take accurate notes so that you can create accurate minutes.

I feel I have got a lot from the course content that I can now use in my everyday working environment. The trainer's presentation was very good, clear, understandable and sometimes funny.

Customer Reviews

Minute Writing Skills Training Course Content

Minute Writing Skills Training - Day One - AM

Why it is important to take good minutes

The meeting happened at a particular place and time. After the meeting, the minutes contain the meaning of the meeting.

It is the minutes that represent the meeting.

The minute writer has the responsibility to record the meaning of the meeting accurately.

Note the significant difference between minutes and a transcription.

Note the significant difference between minutes and a transcription.

  • A transcription is a complete record, and it is not refined
  • Minutes are not a complete record, but they are refined

It is making good initial notes, in the meeting, that is the most difficult.

To do that, you need to develop your listening skills.

Two listening methods: Pan sifter v sponge

The pan-sifter: is a selective listener. This is the right way.

The sponge: is NOT selective and tries to record everything. This is the wrong way.

Two Listening Skills

1. Develop the ability to discern the others 'important point.'

How to pick out the important from the trivial

How to pick out the relevant from the irrelevant.

2. Distinguishing between:

  • Conclusions – What they think- Record this
  • Reasons – Why they think it. - Record this too
  • Rubbish- Everything that has no relevance or is trivial. - Don’t record this

Four minute taking methods

  1. Content Mapping
  2. Structured Notes
  3. Table Plan
  4. Verbatim Notes

How to take the notes in the meeting

Notes on note taking technique
Exercise in note taking

Course content was well planned, well researched, very thought provoking. The trainer's presentation was excellent, an interesting two days, no mind numbing points.

Customer Reviews

Minute Writing Skills Training - Day One - PM

A practical exercise designed to put to the test, the skills covered so far

Managing the delegates.

Use the question 'How would you like me to minute that?'

Have a “Pre-meeting meeting” with the chairperson

The meeting delegates can help you or hinder you.

Train the chairperson to be your ally

The importance of the agenda

The environment:
Set the room up to your advantage.

  • Name placements
  • Air
  • Light
  • Water
  • Freedom from distractions
Use the ABC principle:
Accurate, Brief and Clear

Preparation is essential:

  • Get there early
  • Get your things organised and in good order
  • Get your mind into the right mood

Writing the finished minutes

Use the ABC principle: Accurate, Brief and Clear

Some basics of grammar

A sentence is a statement that communicates a complete thought.

All sentences need at least a subject and a verb.

  • Use specific subject nouns
  • Use specific verbs
  • Avoid ambiguity
  • Decide: active or passive
  • Practice exercises

Three ways to write the final notes

  1. Transcript: verbatim
  2. Main points
  3. Action Summary

Last big training exercise

Learning notes from the practice

Summary and action plan

The course content was excellent content, very apt and eye opening. The information provided will prove exceptionally useful, as it identified several areas where I can improve. The trainer's presentation was very good and kept the sessions interesting and the group entertained.

Customer Reviews

The Course Training Method

The training method follows this general pattern - the training is very interactive and interesting:

  1. The trainer gives a clear explanation of the point in question with specific examples.
  2. Then, the delegates practice by doing an exercise with each other.
  3. The delegates practice by doing an exercise with the trainer.
  4. All points are supported with full written notes to take away.
  5. Delegates are asked to write down an associated action, for each point made.
    (At the end of the day, we have about twenty such actions, from which the delegates choose six which are the most personally meaningful).

Note: we do not believe in placing people in any situation of embarrassment by demanding that they 'perform' in front of the whole group. So you can relax: come on this course and be at ease; ready to learn new skills!

Open Training Course Pricing and Availability

Please contact us for open course training availability. The regular Open Course cost includes:

  • A full day of quality training
  • Tea, coffee and cakes
  • Lunch
  • Full colour course notes
  • Written action plan
  • Certificate
  • Additional training material by means of monthly updates
  • Access to the Post Course Portal

Plus, 3 months free telephone coaching

To answer any on-going questions, you will also receive email and telephone support from your trainer after you have attended the course. Whilst you are implementing what you have learned we will be there to help you if you need us for advice, guidance and coaching.

Course Timings

Start 09:00 - Finish 16:30.
Lunch at 13:00, Tea Breaks at 11:00 and 15:00.

6 trainer-led hours, additional 2-3 via post-course portal independent learning.

After the course, how can you keep the training-momentum going?

We understand that it is important to keep the momentum of the training going, in the weeks after the course. The ideas and methods that you learnt during the course need to be implemented, not just for the two weeks after the course, but for all time!

In order to make that happen, we will give you continued, on-going support after the training course has finished. The support comes in the form of the Post Course Portal.

The Post Course Portal is a web page that contains a review of all the course material, plus the following:

  • Newsletters containing training blogs and articles, which will provide you with ongoing training and good ideas, whenever you need them.
  • Fun questionnaires that are designed to tease out your strengths and weaknesses and then give you ideas as to how you might improve your performance.
  • Decision matrices that will allow you to make decisions and prioritise tasks into the correct order.
  • Summary diagrams and mind maps from the course.
  • Conflict scripts that give you examples of how the conflict method can be used, in real life situations.
  • Free eBook the effective leader manager.

In-House Training Course Pricing and Proposal

This course is also available as a bespoke in-house group training course in the UK and worldwide.

We can tailor the content to fit your specific needs. In-House Group training costs from just £1,850 +VAT per day for up to 20 delegates (international training price varies).

This price includes:

  • Full days training
  • Full course training manual
  • Personal written action plans
  • Access to the post course portal
  • Three months free telephone coaching

In-House Proposal Document

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