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Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

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Effective minute taking virtually and beyond

10:00-16:00, 18 January 2024
This event took place 4 months ago
Course length
1 Day
Helen Swatton
John Bonnar
HR, employment and jobs
Course overview

Can someone take the minutes? How often do you avoid eye contact when this question is asked in meetings? 

Attend this interactive online course, which is packed full of tips and strategies for minute taking in online meetings, look them in the eye and say “I’ll be happy to do it!”

Overall course aim

During this online course you will learn what your role and responsibilities as a minute taker are and new ways of taking accurate notes in online meetings and Board meetings. You'll also pick-up lots of top tips and tricks to help you produce easy to read minutes.

Course objectives

What’s the big deal with minutes anyway? Minutes are a record of what takes place at a meeting and ensures nothing is lost or forgotten - you will learn how to take, prepare and present minutes.

No need to write like the wind and capture every word - minutes don’t have to be verbatim but they have to record certain facts. You will explore what must be recorded: participants, decisions, actions… 

Time is precious, so make every second count - think like a Scout and be prepared! The trainer will discuss the meeting cycle and what to prepare before your meeting takes place. 

Minutes don’t have to be long, complicated or in fancy language but they need to record clearly and will examine the most difficult aspects of taking minutes and how best to address them.  

Anyone can scribble a rough outline of a meeting, right? Yes, but to take good notes and create minutes that provide an accurate reflection requires a particular set of skills - the trainer will show you!

The good, the bad and the ugly - you’ll examine good and bad minutes, which will help you follow best practice and avoid common mistakes.

Who was the course aimed at?

This online course is for anyone who has to take notes or minutes in face-to-face or online meetings and produce minutes, whether they are experienced and wish to refresh their existing skills and knowledge or are new to the role and require a basic understanding of minute taking.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements.

Other Information

Course structure: 6-hour course with suitable breaks, which gives participants the opportunity to practice note taking and set out minutes, with plenty of opportunities for questions, discussion and exercises.

Attendance: You must attend both parts of this online course in order to complete it and receive your Certificate of achievement.

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£185 (member rate £115)

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