Advanced Minute Taking for Better Meetings (P235)

Turning Minutes into Valued Organizational Documents

This course will be scheduled in the fall of 2019. For more information contact Sophie at 613-234-2020, ext. 21.Online registration for this course is not available. In order to register please call Leila at 613-234-2020 ext. 18, or send an email to should serve as more than a record of who said what at a meeting. They should help organizations advance their goals and objectives and provide accountabilities.Building on PMC’s course Minute Taking for Better Meetings (P737), this day-long seminar provides participants with opportunities to craft minutes that focus on clear, concise writing designed to reach its intended audience — colleagues, board members, decision makers.Workshop participants will take notes in several mock meetings and write minutes in a variety of styles suitable for the audience. Active learning takes place in a relaxed and fun environment.Course participants will be encouraged to summarize their key learning points and prepare a short action plan to implement on their return to work.Note: Previous participation in Minute Taking for Better Meetings (P737) is a pre-requisite.This is a one-day workshop in Ottawa.Space is still available for all course dates listed, unless otherwise noted.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of clear communication in producing succinct minutes
  • Learn to separate what is really important from the “noise” of a meeting
  • Produce minutes that help move an organization’s agenda forward
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Workshop Topics

Clear Communication
  • How people read today
  • The five Cs of communication
  • Writing tips for eliminating wordiness
Taking Notes
  • Quick review of active listening
  • Working with annotated agendas and templates
  • Minutes for different purposes
Producing Professional Minutes
  • Turning notes into minutes
  • Editing for clarity, consistency and accuracy
  • Finalizing minutes for different outcomes

Who Should Attend This Course?

•    Anyone who wants to move beyond the Minute Taking for Better Meetings (P737) course •    People who have to produce a variety of minutes with tight deadlines •    Anyone who wants to improve their minute-taking skills within a supportive environment

Does This Course Address Your Competency Development Needs?

This training workshop addresses:• Adaptability / Flexibility • Analytical Thinking • Communication • Computer and Digital Technology • Document Use • Reading Skills • Research, Analysis and Evaluation • Writing Skills