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What you will learn
  • Recognize the importance of minute-taking.
  • Develop key minute-taking skills, including listening skills, critical thinking, and organization.
  • Be able to resolve many of the complaints that affect minute-takers.
  • Be able to write minutes that are suitable for formal meetings, semiformal meetings, and action minutes.
  • Be an efficient minute-taker in any type of meeting.
  • Be able to prepare and maintain a minute book.

Study Minute Taker's Online Courses; Learn How to Take Minutes Correctly and Efficiently

The Minute Taker’s Online Course sets you up for success with the skillset to start a new career or enhance your current career. This comprehensive resource teaches you about the different styles of minutes and how they can be used to your advantage; making you an invaluable asset to your employer and making your job easier!  

It is crucial that meeting minutes contain accurate and relevant information; this can be difficult in a high-pressure meeting. By studying our Minute Taker’s Online course, you will learn procedures that ensure you are taking minutes accurately and efficiently. At Courses For Success, our training programs have been carefully developed by leading professionals and validated by industry experts to guarantee you are getting the most up-to-date experience. By enrolling in this course, you can be confident you are getting the best education possible. 

The role and responsibilities of a Minute Taker are constantly evolving. With the latest developments in communication technology and business practices, you need to stay ahead of the curve. Whether you are exploring a new career or keeping yourself updated with the latest changes, get the best resource for all your training needs with our Minute Taker’s Online course.

Why You Need This Course

Are you tasked with minute taking, but not sure where to begin? Look no further than Courses for Success' Minute Taking Course, designed to provide you with the minute taking skills to nail any meeting.

Our comprehensive course offers a thorough education, covering everything from preparing for a meeting to writing minutes and the appropriate distribution of documentation. With an emphasis on organizational skills and effective communication, our minute taking course ensures that you will be able to capture the essential information, even in the most interactive meetings.

One of the significant benefits of our course is that our training is offered virtually, providing convenient online training for course participants. This arrangement ensures that you can learn the minute taking required at the comfort of your own home or office. Our online training courses also allow for self-paced learning, providing an excellent solution for those with busy work schedules.

Our minute taking training courses come with course availability and course categories selections for those who are interested. The courses take into consideration different industries, making them suitable for both administrative assistant and executive assistants alike. Thus, providing administrative skills that are a must-have business management courses.

Our minute taking course provides foundational training on business writing, communication skills, and critical thinking that is necessary for effective minute taking. We take pride in our comprehensive coverage of communication course material that not only includes minute taking skills but also presentation skills.

Personal development is one of our core objectives, and our training regarding stress management and mental health are an integrated part of our minute taking course. Other critical areas covered in the course include but are not limited to supply chain management, change management, human resources, project management, and administration courses.

Our training participant courses are not just limited to traditional English language speaking countries. We offer language courses for touch typing and speed writing that are necessary in any minute taking challenge.

The minute taking course is also designed for people in the medical sector with Medical secretary courses and medical secretarial diploma courses. Our minute taking training course is geared towards skill development, providing guidance for legal secretaries, as well.

Our course learning outcomes offer information systems management, legal secretary training, and security courses.

Get started with taking minutes through our minute taking course offered at Courses for Success and become the go-to minute taker. Gain a better understanding of minute taking skills while getting world-class training on writing minutes that will be beneficial in your career.

How will the Minute Taker's Online Courses be delivered?

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, MAC, tablet or Smart Phone.

  1. Easy to follow and understand

  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required

  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course

  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone

  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time

  6. Certificate of Completion

Minute Taker's Online Courses - Requirements

The Minute Taker's Courses is delivered 100 percent online.

To successfully complete this course, a student must:

      Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources

      Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)

      Be a self-directed learner

      Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts

  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension

  2. Approximately 8 hours of study is needed to complete the course

  3. Registered students gain unrestricted access to the Minute Taker's Courses

  4. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device

  5. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace

  6. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion

Minute Taker's Online Courses Outline

Session One: Course Overview

Meetings can be costly, and they are often held in a company boardroom or at a local coffee shop. In ensuring that meetings can be productive and worth the expenses, these three are necessary: assurance of closure, strong chair or leader, and accurate minutes. Accurate minutes are essential because if it is not recorded, then the meeting would have gone to waste.

      Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize the importance of minute-taking

  2. Develop key minute-taking skills, including listening skills, critical thinking, and organization

  3. Be able to resolve many of the complaints that affect minute-takers

  4. Be able to write minutes that are suitable for formal meetings, semiformal meetings, and action minutes.

  5. Be an efficient minute-taker in any type of meeting.

  6. Be able to prepare and maintain a minute book.


Session Two: The Role of a Minute-Taker

A minute-taker is responsible for taking down notes regarding a particular meeting, and they go beyond their responsibilities. This session will tackle the roles and responsibilities of a minute-taker.

      What is Minute-Taker?

      A minute-taker has the extra responsibility to keep up with what is going on during a meeting, and their role is vital within the meeting structure.

      Other Names for the Minute-Taker

      There are various names for a minute-taker such as recording secretary, secretary, note taker, etc.

      The Purpose of Minutes

      Minutes are a clear summary of the proceeding, and they convey information about the meeting.

      Making Connections

      Common Problems

      Useful Solutions

Session Three: The Skills of a Minute-Taker

Knowing the expectations for a minute-taker can help in maintaining the boundaries within the meeting. This session will discuss the essential skills and abilities needed by a minute-taker.

      Key Skills

      Appearances are essential because it plays a large part in people's impression of a person, and this includes one's body language and as well as clothes.

  1. Key Skills

  2. A good listener

  3. A good critical thinker

  4. An excellent organizer

      Listening Skills

      A minute-taker must listen well and participate actively during the meeting.

      Listening for Answers

      Listening allows a person to understand what the other person is trying to communicate, and it shows interest towards the other person.

  1. Responding to Feelings

      Reading Cues

      Listening also includes being conscious of the non-verbal aspects of the conversation.

      Demonstration Cues

      When a person is listening, some techniques will show a speaker that the audience is paying attention.

      Tips for Becoming a Better Listener

  1. Make a decision to listen

  2. Do not interrupt people

  3. Keep your eyes focused on the speaker and your ears tuned to their voice.

  4. Carry a notebook or start a conversation file on your computer.

  5. Ask a few questions throughout the conversation.

  6. When you demonstrate good listening skills, they tend to be infectious.

      About Critical Thinking

      To be able to take accurate minutes, it is essential to be able to think critically and quickly.

      Examples of Critical Thinking

      Organization Skills

      Various methods can be done in organizing one's notes.

Session Four: Meeting Agreements

Roles are often not taught or discussed, but it is crucial to be able to do and accomplish one's part to have a more effective and productive meeting. This session will share various tools that can be used in meeting in helping everyone to do their best.

      Meeting Agreements Forms

      Having meeting agreements can help the minute-taker’s job easier especially when some members are not aware of their responsibilities within the group.

      The Chair

      The Minute-Taker

      The Meeting Participant

Session Five: Minute Styles

Formal minute style is standard in formal organizations and committees, although various meetings involve committees and smaller groups where the minutes can be framed differently. This session will explore various formats for minutes.

      Choosing a Style

      Minutes are a permanent and formal record of what was discussed during a meeting.

  1. Formal Minutes

      This supports a meeting that is governed by a chair following a parliamentary code or procedure.

  1. Semiformal or Action Meetings

      This is often used by small groups that do not have a clearly defined operating structure.

  1. Things to Consider

      Informal Minutes

      Small groups prefer to operate informally due to their size and minutes are a vital component of the meetings.

      Action Minutes

      This minute is best suited in meetings that operate purely in a conversational manner, and it can be written in point form.

      Action Notes Example

      Action Minutes Example

      Formal Minutes

      Decisions are reached through motions and motions are proposals that are placed before the members for debate and voting.

  1. Heading

  2. Introductory Paragraph

  3. Attendance

  4. Minutes of the Previous Meeting

  5. Reports

      A minute-taker needs to summarize any reports or documents that are presented at the meeting and then either attach them to the minutes as an appendix or refer them in the minutes as “field.”

  1. Finances

  2. Correspondence

  3. Unfinished Business or Business Arising from Previous Meeting

  4. New Business

      This is devoted to the introduction of new information.

  1. Adjournment

  2. Next Meeting

  3. Signatures

      Formal Minutes Sample

Session Six: What Do I Record?

It is crucial to take into consideration what people want to read from the minutes taken down during the meeting. This session will focus on the basics that must be recorded, including motions and resolutions.

      Recording Motions and Resolutions

  1. Motions

      Whenever taking minutes in formal style, it is vital to include all motions in the minutes properly.

      Sample Motions

      Series of Motions


      This is a written motion that is phrased in a unique style and with the word "whereas" followed by resolving clauses.

      Sample Resolution

      What to Record

      It is vital to remember that motions and resolutions are taken down verbatim and the remainder of the minutes are an objective stimulation of what occurred.

      Note-Taking Guidelines

Session Seven: Techniques for Preparing Minutes

Organization skills are essential because a minute-taker needs to be at the meeting and be ready to record as soon as the chair calls the meeting to order. This session will tackle some techniques that can be used in taking accurate minutes.

      Top Techniques

      As a minute-taker, it is vital to prepare an accurate account of the decisions and actions at a meeting.

      Before the Meeting

      During the Meeting

      If setting up the room is part of the job, then it is essential to arrive early to ensure that everything is prepared.

  1. Seating

  2. Reading Past Minutes

  3. Corrections

  4. Technical Tips

      After the Meeting

      If there is no time to prepare for the minutes immediately after a meeting, it is important to reread the notes and add additional comments to ensure that there is enough detail that can be interpreted later.

      Writing Minutes

  1. Rough Draft

      Drafts should be labelled as “Rough Draft” and in double spaced in order to allow correction and editing.

      Style Considerations

      When taking minutes for formal and semiformal, it is essential to write in complete sentences and using the past tense and the third person.

      Margins and Spacing

      Minutes are usually filed in binders; that is why it is crucial to use bound manuscript margins.

      Preparing Minutes

      Editing Minutes

  1. Spelling

      Proofreading: Part One

      Carelessly proofreading may spoil the efforts exerted by the writer.

      Proofreading: Part Two

      It is essential to be consciously aware of what the person is doing because to be a good proofreader may also mean pretending to learn to read in English.

      Pre-Assignment Review

Session Eight: Taking Minutes in an Interactive Meeting

Along understanding traditional meetings, it can also be helpful to understand how to assist a facilitator during an interactive meeting. This session will discuss the skills needed to take notes and make a permanent record of an interactive meeting.

      Taking Minutes in Interactive Meetings

      Some progressive organizations are cutting meeting time with interactive meetings.

      The Role of the Facilitator

      The facilitator’s role is to be able to accomplish a specific set of tasks and solicit opinions from the entire group.

      A Recorder’s Role

      The role of the recorder is always to support the facilitator and the group.

Session Nine: The Minute Book

Some rules are needed to keep in mind when keeping the minutes organized. This will help the meeting members in finding what is needed at the right time. This session will focus on minute books, indexing and allowing access to the minutes that have been prepared.

      The Minute Book, Part One

      Official copies of approved minutes are often kept in the recorder in chronological order and a three-ring binder set-up.

      An index is an alphabetical listing used for all the main items discussed at the meeting.

      The Minute Book, Part Two

      When using a computer, most programs can help in identifying keywords and automatically alphabetizing them and identifying them by page number.

Session Ten: A Personal Action Plan

This session will help in completing a personal action plan to take the lessons learned during the course and set some concrete goals to help in making the changes needed.

      Starting Point

      Where I Want to Go

      How I Will Get There

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Course Overview

  •     Session 1: Learning Objectives
  •     Pre-Assignment

Session 2: The Role of a Minute-Taker

  •     What is a Minute-Taker?
  •     Other Names for the Minute-Taker
  •     The Purpose of Minutes
  •     Making Connections
  •     Common Problems
  •     Useful Solutions

Session 3: The Skills of a Minute-Taker

  •     Key Skills
  •     Listening Skills
  •     Listening for Answers
  •     Reading Cues
  •     Demonstration Cues
  •     Tips for Becoming a Better Listener
  •     About Critical Thinking
  •     Examples of Critical Thinking
  •     Organization Skills

Session 4: Meeting Agreements

  •     Meeting Agreements Forms
  •     The Chair
  •     The Minute-Taker
  •     The Meeting Participant

Session 5: Minute Styles

  •     Choosing a Style
  •     Informal Minutes
  •     Action Minutes
  •     Action Notes Example
  •     Action Minutes Example
  •     Formal Minutes
  •     Formal Minutes Sample

Session 6: What Do I Record?

  •     Recording Motions and Resolutions
  •     Sample Motions
  •     Series of Motions
  •     Series of Motions
  •     Resolutions
  •     Sample Resolution
  •     What to Record
  •     Note-Taking Guidelines

Session 7: Techniques for Preparing Minutes

  •     Top Techniques
  •     Before the Meeting
  •     During the Meeting
  •     After the Meeting
  •     Writing Minutes
  •     Style Considerations
  •     Margins and Spacing
  •     Preparing Minutes
  •     Editing Minutes
  •     Proofreading: Part One
  •     Proofreading: Part Two
  •     Pre-Assignment Review

Session 8: Taking Minutes in an Interactive Meeting

  •     Taking Minutes in Interactive Meetings
  •     The Role of the Facilitator
  •     A Recorder's Role

Session 9: The Minute Book

  •     The Minute Book, Part One
  •     The Minute Book, Part Two

Session 10: A Personal Action Plan

  •     Starting Point
  •     Where I Want to Go
  •     How I Will Get There

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


Microsoft Windows XP, or laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


OSX/iOS 6 or laterModern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or fasterFlash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader


Entry requirements:

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education:

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Device requirements:

Students will need access to a computer/any device and the internet.


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