Effective Chairing Skills Training

A one-day online course for anyone with responsibility for meetings or decision-making. 9am -5pm.


An effective meeting requires an effective chairperson. This course teaches the practical skills that every company needs to get things done.

Delivered with a mix of teaching, exercises and discussion, we focus on three key areas. Planning, chairing and evaluation.

What you get

By the end of the day you will have:

  • All the core skills: Confidence. Assertiveness. Time-Management (see Full Programme)
  • A framework to show effective leadership and get the most from your meetings
  • The ability to improve group participation and improve your personal impact
  • The self-confidence to manage difficult situations and overcome barriers to good decision-making

You will also receive:

  • A Delegate Pack containing comprehensive course notes and presentation slides
  • A certificate to show you have attended the course
  • 6 months complimentary professional subscription of the Chartered Governance Institute (see below)
  • 5.5 hours credit towards your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) 

Your complimentary 6-month professional subscription

We support our attendees long after they complete the course. Your professional subscription includes a subscription to G+C Magazine, as well as access to briefings, discounts and our knowledge base.

To find out more, call +44 (0)20 7580 4741 or contact us.

Get your copy of Effective Minute Taking, 2nd edition and Corporate Governance Unlocked

Delegates to this course get the opportunity to buy the accompanying books when signing up. For more info about our books, please visit our book shop.


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9:00   Registration

9:15   What are meetings and why are they held?

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Primary purpose of meetings

What is the role of the chair person?

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What should the role include?

11:00   Break

11:15   The skills of effective chairing

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Careful planning

  • Understanding the nature, purpose and objectives of the meeting
  • What goes into the planning of any meeting?
  • Analysing the agenda from the chairperson's perspective

Chairing capability

  • The chairperson as the leader of the meeting
  • Working with an ineffective chairperson
  • Listening – questioning – summarising
  • Understanding participants behaviour
  • Keeping the meeting on-track
  • Maintaining focus

13:00   Lunch

13:40   The skills of effective chairing

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Critical evaluation

  • How to use the post meeting 18 point self-evaluation checklist

15:30   Break

15:45   Roundtable discussions

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  • The self-confident chairperson

    - Essential personal skills for successful chairing

  • Points for personal application

17:00  Close

Course leader

Phil Davis

Philip Davis has been delivering courses for the ICSA throughout the UK and Europe over the past 10 years. He is responsible for refining and updating programmes to meet best practice.

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Rob Robson

Dr Rob Robson is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich Business School and a management development consultant. He has been a member of the Chartered Governance Institute for over 30 years. Through his company, TMF, he specialises in the design & delivery of a range of seminars and training courses tailored to the needs of both large corporations and small businesses.

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The course was very well planned and the content was very good. We were up and about which kept everyone engaged and alert.
Khaleda Boshir, Assistant Financial Systems Accountant, AAT



£495 + VAT (Non-members)
£445 +VAT (Professional subscribers)
£365 + VAT (ICSA members)
£265 + VAT (ICSA students)

Next course: 9 October 2020
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Location: Webinar


Later dates are yet to be confirmed

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