Chairing meetings course


Chairing Meeting

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Increase meeting productivity and reduce time spent in meetings.

Our one-day chairing meetings training provides you with the techniques to structure meetings professionally and get the best contributions from the meeting participants.

Target Audience

This training course is designed for those who chair face to face meetings and want to maximise participant contributions. When run as in-house training it can be tailored for those who also wish to develop their skills in conducting telephone or conference meetings.

Course Aim

The chairing meetings course will help managers and specialists who want to get the most from the meetings they chair. It will help them achieve clearly defined meeting outcomes by improving participant contributions and overcoming meeting challenges.

Course Objectives

By the end of this one day training course, the participants will have:

  • Acquired a common understanding of the roles and expectations within effective meetings, including the role of the chairperson, facilitator, minute taker and attendees.
  • Established the best structure for conducting their meetings and the tools available to achieve the meeting outcomes.
  • Developed skills and techniques to manage different behaviours and energy levels within a meeting to ensure they get the most from the meeting attendees’ contributions.
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Course Overview

  • Principles and roles within effective meetings
    • Types of meetings
    • Characteristics and structure of effective meetings
    • Role of chairperson, facilitator, minute taker and attendees
    • Whole group speed chatting exercise, rotating flipchart group work, individual questionnaire and reflection
  • Using Meeting Agendas
    • Producing the meeting agenda
    • Scheduling the agenda items and managing attendance
    • Achieving the desired outcome/s
    • Managing action plans
    • Small group exercise, meeting facilitation and presentation
  • Managing participation
    • Recognising natural roles people take within a meeting
    • Channelling the different behaviours
    • Techniques to manage participation and channel energy
    • Using questions to manage participation
    • Whole group meeting practice exercise with briefs, Metaplanning exercise, individual questionnaire and facilitated group discussion
  • Reviewing meetings
    • Methods available to review meetings
    • Presentation and facilitated group review
  • Meeting skills practice
    • Small group meetings with review and observer feedback
    • Feedback and review of learning in small groups
    • Small group meeting skills practice with observer feedback
  • Next Steps
    • Review of learning and action planning

The chairing meetings training will be supported with:

  • An optional participant pre course questionnaire and/or pre course reading
  • A colour printed workbook with tips, techniques and space for personal notes

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Taken away some really practical ideas and tools to improve my skills in chairing meetings more effectively
Alison Wright, E-Learning Programme Manager – NHS South Central*


This course has enabled me to gain renewed confidence in tackling the difficult behaviours that can be presented in meetings – thank you!
Jeanette Pizzey, Central Services Manager – The College of Estate Management*


Very informative, enthusiastic trainer, non threatening environment. Good workbook will refer back and keep in my management folder. Thank you
Susie Ward, Team Leader – NHS Lincolnshire*


Very interesting and enlightening and fun. Ann was a great ‘leader’ of the course.
Alison McClune, Member – Association of Optometrists*


Brilliant course which was very informative and the content of which I intend to put into practice when back in work.
Kim Pugh, Mental Health First Aid Project Manager – MIND Cymru*


Extremely useful, very informative. Really good day & use of time.
Lara Sweet, Service – P3*


Brilliant, thank you so much. Most engaged I have been in a training day!
Penny Colton, Head of Membership – Royal Academy of Dance*


Excellent delivery, high level of relevance to my role.
Anthony Davis, Head of Primary Care Development – Barnet CCG (NHS)*

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Booking Information

This course is one of our "in-house training" courses – delivered at the business premises of our client anywhere in the UK, or at a venue of your choice. Please contact us for pricing.

Training Dates

Flexible to suit client needs.

In-House Training Locations

Our professional trainers deliver in-house chairing meetings training courses for companies across the UK, including the following regions:

  • London and the South East
  • The Thames Valley – including Reading, Slough, Maidenhead, Oxford and Swindon
  • Cambridge
  • Exeter
  • Norwich and East Anglia
  • Leeds and Bradford
  • Manchester and the North West
  • Southampton and Bournemouth
  • Birmingham and the Midlands
  • Nottingham
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff and South Wales
  • Devon, Cornwall and the South West
  • Newcastle
  • Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland

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