Minute Taking at Meetings
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Minute Taking at Meetings

Minute Taking: making the taking of notes/minutes at formal and informal meetings easier
4.3 (922 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
3,357 students enrolled
Created by Jane Watson
Last updated 1/2017
English [Auto-generated]
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 12 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • After this workshop, you'll be able to:
  • determine what to record and what to ignore
  • understand how privacy legislation impacts minutes
  • convey information in succinct, effective sentences
  • organize yourself before, during and after the meeting
  • watch for the hidden variables
  • no previous knowledge required

And you'll take the minutes.

This is a statement that often sends fear into the minds of meeting attendees. Why? Because too many people consider the role boring, stressful, and non-important.

This three-hour Minute Taking course: How to Take Minutes at Meetings will change your mind.

I have been involved in the meeting process -- both as a minute taker and as a chair -- for many years.

In fact, I have written one of the first books exclusively on minute taking -- The Minute Takers Handbook -- now in its 4th reprint. Since then I have taught minute taking to all sorts of groups. And I have learned even more techniques to help you.

Whether you are taking minutes for boards, committees, weekly meetings, volunteer groups or your condo association, this workshop will make you more confident and enable you to produce professional minutes.

Take this ultimate Minute Taking course right now and learn how to take minutes at meetings.

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone who takes or will take minutes at meetings of boards, committees, volunteer groups or condo associatesions
Course content
Expand all 22 lectures 02:24:24
+ Introduction
1 lecture 07:58
Outines the ingredients for a successful meeting and describes how the course is laid out.
Preview 07:58
+ What Every Minute Taker Needs to Know
4 lectures 30:52
Outlines the qualities of a professional minute taker and explains the relationship with the chair.
Preview 08:46

Uses the definition of minutes to start outlining what the minute taker should record during a meeting.

The definition of minutes
Describes the impact of freedom of iInformation on minutes for both formal and informal meetings.
The impact of privacy legislation
Explains the tools the minute taker should use to make the recording process easier.
The Minute Taker's Toolbox
Enter Quiz Information
What Every Minute Taker Needs to Know
7 questions
+ Organizational Tips
5 lectures 36:05

Demonstrates how a detailed agenda will assist the minute taker and offers suggestions for preparing agendas for formal and semi-formal meetings.

The agenda
Discusses how to handle the consent agenda when preparing minutes for formal meetings.
Consent Agenda
Provides suggestions for the minute taker before the meeting.
Before the meeting
Discusses the various tools the minute taker could use -- short hand, long hand, lap top, and recording devices -- and also provides advice on how to handlce corrections to minutes.
At the meeting
Reviews the responsibilities of the minute taker after the meeting.
After the meeting
Enter Quiz Information
Organizational Tips
7 questions
+ What to Include/What to Ignore
5 lectures 24:44

Outlines the details that should be recorded in the headers of formal, informal and action minutes.

Set Up of Minutes
Details what should be included in minutes and what should be omitted.
Guidelines for What to Include

Discusses motions and resolutions for formal meetings and provides examples of how they are written.

Motions and Resolutions

This exercise contains five excerpts from minutes. Participants are asked to review the excerpts and note the details that should not have been included.

Exercises for What to Include
2 pages

Critiques the minute excerpts in the previous exercise and provides better ways of writing the information.

Answers to Exercise
Enter Quiz Information
What to Include
8 questions
+ Writing Tips
3 lectures 18:00

Lists words that should be avoided and provides guidelines to help you avoid some of the most common grammar errors in minutes.

Writing guidelines
This exercise should be downloaded and completed before the next lecture. The exercise involves nine statements from minutes that should be rewritten. It will test your ability to write clearly and concisely and to ensure "the loop" is closed.
Exercises to download
2 pages

Analyzes the sentences provided in the previous exercise and suggests better ways of writing the information.

Answers to Exercise
+ Additional Aids
2 lectures 20:45
Points out the behind-the-scene activities and the behavioural styles of your members that may impact your meetings and minutes 
Hidden variables
Explains why you tend to lose track of information in meetings and offers some suggestions for keeping yourself alert.
Listening Skills
+ Handouts
2 lectures 00:00

Enter Quiz Information

Final Quiz
9 questions
Guidelines for a Note Taker

Provides a summary of the entire course that you can download for your personal reference. Happy minute taking!

Final Handouts - 10 Suggestions for Preparing Minutes + Examples + BONUS Booklet
2 pages