Date: Monday, December 4th 2023
Method of Delivery: Online
About the seminar
Working practices have changed significantly in the last few years. With the growth of hybrid working, accurate minutes are increasingly important. Colleagues who may have exchanged information and kept up to date simply by being in the work environment now rely on minutes more than ever. This means minutes must be clear and understandable for people who did not attend a meeting, as well as for attendees. This workshop will help you to assess what’s required for the minutes you take.
The ability to take clear and concise minutes that accurately reflect the decisions taken and actions agreed at important meetings is an essential requirement for anyone working in the public sector. The aims of this highly practical seminar are to provide participants with the skills and tools to become effective minute-takers and to build personal confidence in their own abilities.
The workshop-style seminar covers the A to Z of taking minutes, from preparing effectively for a meeting to reviewing the finished minutes. Participants learn about best practice, including how to create an effective agenda, how to listen more effectively and ways to note salient points quickly and clearly. To achieve this, participants experience every stage of the minute-taking process, using guided role-play.
This seminar is designed for those who are required to take minutes but have never received formal training as well as public sector employees who will have to take minutes in the future
and want to be able to understand and apply best practice. It will also be of interest to anyone who would like to polish their minute-taking skills.
Sarah Marriott is a highly experienced trainer and former journalist who specialises in delivering Writing Skills courses for the public and private sectors.
Sarah has worked as a feature writer and sub-editor at The Irish Times. She has also been involved in training Irish Times editorial staff. She is a former lecturer on the MA in Journalism at Dublin Institute of Technology and is the author of Common Errors in Written English.