Minute Taking

People in organisations of all kinds often find themselves called upon to take minutes, with little training or guidance to support them. It can be a daunting task, complicated by factors such as ambiguous agreements, a vague agenda, interruptions or a poor chairperson.

Good minuting is a deceptively difficult and time consuming task and is often described as an art. There is no one-size fits all solution. Minutes are as individual as the board to which they relate though decisions about format, style and content often need to be informed by knowledge of the law, and of regulatory and market practice.

ICSA has a range of authoritative resources designed to develop minute taking skills and effectiveness, including free principles-based guidance, a popular one-day training course, in-house skills development workshops and an accesssible and practical handbook.


This minute taking guidance was developed through a series of discussions with experienced minute takers from both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. It provides up to date expert advice about all aspects of the process from preparing the agenda to the storage of the finished documents, and has a wealth of handy tips about how to avoid some of the pitfalls that can face those taking minutes of meetings.

Download the guidance note

Further reading

Listen to the podcast

Bespoke in-house training

Could your organisation benefit from minute taking skills development, tailored to your particular needs?

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Other ICSA resources

Effective Minute Taking

Effective Minute Taking

Effective Minute Taking

Minute Taking


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