Advanced Minute Taking for Better Meetings (P235)

Turning Minutes into Valued Organizational Documents

This course will be scheduled in the spring of 2022. We will add dates to the website as soon as they become available. For more information please contact Leila at

Minutes 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