Do you need to learn how to take minutes and perform effectively in meetings?
Pitman Training provides one of the best respected self-paced Minute Taking Courses in the UK, and you can study from one of our Pitman Training centres in London and Manchester, or from home via distance learning.
You can complete the course in as little as 6-8 hours, studying at times to suit you during our long opening hours.
Even if you’re working, it’s easy to fit our courses around your other commitments.
Who Should Take This Meetings and Minute Taking Course?
Taking successful minutes at a meeting can be quite a daunting prospect, especially if you don’t use Shorthand or SpeedWriting.
Minute Taking is an essential skill for secretaries, PAs, EAs and anyone who has to undertake this critical function in an organisation.
This short Minute Taking Course concentrates on how to get the most out of a meeting, and how to target your activities so that the minutes you deliver are accurate and readable.
Our course assumes you have no prior training in minute taking, and is therefore suitable for beginners upwards.
On completion of the Minute Taking Course, students leave with a greater confidence in their ability to manage meetings, as well as securing valuable minute taking skills that are highly sought after by employers.
In just 6-8 hours of self-paced study, you’ll work through the following lessons:
Lesson One – What minutes are, the cycle of a meeting, different types of meeting, the purposes and benefits of meetings, the roles of chair, attendee and minute taker, the tasks that a minute taker might undertake before the meeting, notice of the meeting, arranging the venue and refreshments, preparing the agenda, dealing with documents that may be needed for a meeting, distributing the agenda, last minute preparations.
Lesson Two – Definition of the role of the minute taker, preparation for the start of the meeting, the four steps of listening, skills to speed up your note taking, what to note down in a meeting, the importance of the liaison between minute taker and chair, confidence, assertiveness.
Lesson Three – Grammar, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, how to use reported speech, word processing skills, proofreading, typing up the minutes, distributing the minutes.
At the end of the course, you’ll take an exam leading to a valuable Pitman Training Certificate, to prove your ability in the area to employers.
How The Course Works
Study at one of our renowned Pitman Training centres or from home via distance learning.
You’ll work through the course at your own pace with an audio guide and workbook, supported by our training team who are on hand to educate and motivate you!
Drop in and study at times to suit you – there are no course start dates, you choose when you want to study.
Choose from four locations, or study from home:
More Career Builidng Secretarial and Minute Taking Courses
If you’re looking for an alternative to self-paced training, we also offer a one day Meetings and Minute Taking course which takes place on a selection of dates throughout the year, in London and Manchester.
If you’re thinking about becoming a PA, you might be interested in our Executive PA Diploma – it’s a really comprehensive course that will teach you all you need to know in order to work as a PA, and is recognised and respected by employers.
Already a PA and want to take your skills to the next level? Adam Fidler’s 2 day Executive PA Course “From Good to Outstanding” is the one for you.
Minute Taking Tips
Nicky Christmas, founder of Practically Perfect PA says “Remember it is the minute takers responsibility to make sure the meeting’s actions have been completed. Add this to your to-do list after each meeting.”
If you’re stuck for useful words to use when typing up minutes, here are some of Nicky’s favourites: agreed, proposed, noted, requested, reviewing, actioned, approved, confirmed, recommended, summarised.
Visit Nicky’s website for more tips on good minute taking.