Less Is More - Elevating Your Minutes, with Shelagh Donnelly

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Less is More: Elevating Your Minutes, with Shelagh Donnelly

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Less is More: Elevating Your Minutes - 90 minutes, including Q&A

While recording standards have evolved, one thing hasn't changed: many assistants are uncomfortable with the task, or uncertain about getting minutes right. In other instances, assistants confidently carry on with past practices, thinking they’re delivering what their organisations need – even though expectations and standards have evolved with business needs.

Meeting participants want concise, accurate information, and the organisation needs relevant records. In addition, there are other parties who may potentially read your minutes over time. All these considerations mean you need to distinguish between what should and shouldn't be recorded.

Shelagh can help you elevate the quality of your minutes with well-placed confidence when it comes to this important aspect of your role. You can anticipate discussion of purpose, accessibility, context and organisational needs. We’ll also look at the recorder's neutrality, how best to record motions, and the art of attribution.

Key learning objectives

1. Identify and reflect stakeholders’ needs

2. Neutrality, and what you should and shouldn't record - striking the right balance between too much and too little information

3. Build well-placed confidence that your recording practices have evolved with the times, resulting in concise, relevant minutes

Included with your registration

  1. 90-day access to recording of our session
  2. PDF companion workbook, to download and use as you watch the recording
  3. certificate for your professional development portfolio

What participants have said about this course

  • "Shelagh turns a mundane subject into a lively presentation! Her sense of humor and creative slide images add value to the presentation. I highly recommend attending Shelagh's seminar. I will definitely attend future seminars presented by her. "
  • "Your advice was both practical and inspirational and, whilst I will never enjoy writing minutes I will not dread them quite so much in future and will complete them as quickly as possible."
  • "I loved that Shelagh gave examples to us through out her presentation. She was well prepared and able to explain the reason behind her recommendations."
  • "There were many 'a-ha' moments during the webinar. Especially when Shelagh took polls of the group. Many things made me feel like I was on the right track and others made me glad I had taken this webinar!"
  • "Thank you Shelagh for reinforcing that I am pretty much on the right track with my minutes. Having previously been lacking in confidence and motivation I feel I am in a much better place to take on my next Senior Management meeting."
  • "Very good tips"
  • "I liked that it was what I signed up for and that there were pics and a workbook to follow up with."
  • "I loved the slides!"
  • "Sheila was an excellent speaker and brought up many relevant and new perspectives. I've been a EA for over 20 years ..."
  • "Your slide decks are always well prepared, engaging, and informative."

About your trainer

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Invest in your career with someone who's walked the walk and presents on current best practices

Shelagh is trusted and respected by assistants and employers around the globe. She has been publishing her Exceptional EA website since 2013, and writes for other publications. An in-demand trainer, Shelagh works with conference organisers, professional associations, government bodies, higher education and businesses, including corporations such as the NBA.

For Shelagh's bio and a sampling of clients and references, please click here.

Registration fee

The fee for each webinar in this pandemic series is $75 US. Depending on currency fluctuation rates, that's approximately £55, or €62.

Canadian residents registering for this webinar will see that GST of $4.77 CAD is included in the cost.

What's included in this registration fee?

This is a live, 90-minute webinar that Shelagh will present via GoToWebinar. You'll receive your unique access link via a GoToWebinar email within 24 hours of registration.

After the webinar, Shelagh will email you a certificate of attendance that will come in handy for tracking and showcasing your professional development.

You'll also have access to a recording of the webinar for 90 days post-event. This can come in handy if you’d like to review a concept, and if time zones or people throw your schedule for a loop the day of a webinar.

As well, Shelagh has prepared a companion workbook for you. Shelagh publishes this along with the session recording, and it's ideal to have at hand as you watch the recording.

Speaking of time zones ..

Check out the time in your time zone. Shelagh will present this live at 10:00 a.m. PDT/GMT-7 hours; click here to access a time zone converter. If this represents the wee hours of the night in your time zone, you'll be in good company by registering and relying on access to the recording and PDF companion workbook.

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The best assistants are always learning, through experience and by engaging in professional development. While plans for a number of conferences and other in-person learning opportunities have been postponed, that needn’t put a pause on your professional growth.

In fact, given the way 2020 continues to unfold, it may be more critical than ever to continue to connect, learn and adapt. Shelagh's adapting as well, and is offering webinars focused on how to navigate and succeed during these interesting times.

Investments in quality and yourself

When you attend Shelagh's webinars, you’re investing in quality and in yourself.

It’s astute to take advantage of complimentary webinars you may find helpful; Shelagh has delivered and attended some herself. There are limitations, though, on the depth of professional development that can be acquired without financial investment.

That’s why it’s also astute, given post-pandemic changes and challenges ahead, to invest in learning from someone who’s walked the walk for decades, and done so during times of not only growth, but also upheaval and recession. Someone who knows what it’s like to be an on-call employee as well as having been a direct report to four CEOs and having supported board chairs, which was Shelagh's last role before turning to speaking and writing full time in 2019.

Post-event access to webinar recording

You’ll have access to a recording of the webinar for a 30-day period after the live event. This can come in handy if you’d like to review a concept, and if time zones or people throw your schedule for a loop the day of a webinar.

Certificates of attendance

After attending, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance to add to your portfolio and help track your professional development. Such records are also useful when preparing for performance reviews/evaluations.

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