Taking minutes of a meeting

Taking minutes of a meeting

Writing minutes that clearly and accurately reflect what a meeting is about, and producing a useful text that your colleagues will really appreciate: after this Taking Minutes course, it will be second nature to you.

  • Separating main issues from side issues
  • Listening and summarising
  • Producing well-structured records


Taking minutes of a meeting workshop

Taking minutes is all about accuracy: you want to write minutes that clearly and exactly reflect the content of a meeting. A matter of not omitting too much, but not becoming bogged down in the details either. How do you end up with clear, concise minutes that can really be a great help to your colleagues? After this course, it will be second nature to you.


Clear records of a meeting

On this Taking Minutes course, you will learn how to produce a clear, accessible and well-structured record of a meeting or conference. You will benefit from practical tips that make your work easier before, during and after a meeting. You will also master practical minutes-taking tools, from mind maps to taking minutes on a laptop or tablet, not forgetting methods for taking minutes on paper. We also teach this course in Dutch.


Taking minutes

  • Types of minutes
  • How can you take notes efficiently? Mind maps, abbreviations and other techniques
  • Focus during the meeting: listening while taking notes

Listening for better note-taking

  • What is the best listening strategy?
  • Selective listening
  • How do you distinguish between main issues and side issues?
  • How do you summarise a conversation clearly?


  • Different types of meetings and objectives
  • Meeting agenda: the stages of a meeting

Writing up the minutes

  • Taking selective minutes: what do you leave out?
  • How do you save time when writing up minutes?
  • Using formats for minutes
  • Taking minutes on your laptop: learn to use a laptop to save even more time and energy when taking minutes.


Dates & location

This course can be taken in-company or as private lessons for one or two people. We will set the number of sessions, dates and location in consultation with you.

Required course materials

You need a laptop to participate in this course.

The exact cost for a private or in-company course will depend on your needs and the size of the group. Would you like to know more? Just fill in our contact form or call us on 020 - 244 3400. We will be happy to meet for a free consultation without any obligation.



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