Meeting Notes Made Easy

No more note-taking anxiety!

Learn how to take meeting notes and minutes the easy way. 

Is taking meeting minutes difficult or daunting? Meeting Notes Made Easy will help you take notes and minutes more easily, efficiently, and confidently. 

Meeting notes and minutes are the all-important work product of meetings. How can you produce these valuable documents the easy way? This course provides you with insights, best practices, strategies, templates, examples, and practice to ease note-taking assignments. It helps you reduce your note-taking challenges and produce professional, effective notes and minutes.

Notes vs. minutes: This course is for you whether you take notes at freeform, action-packed team meetings or formal meetings that follow parliamentary procedure. The best practices presented in the course apply in both situations. You will review examples of both informal notes and formal minutes and learn strategies to use in any note-taking setting.

In Meeting Notes Made Easy you will learn to:

  • Replace stress-inducing beliefs about minutes with helpful beliefs and best practices.
  • Recognize which information to record--and how much.
  • Incorporate the right content for meetings that follow Robert's rules of order.
  • Capture essential information before the group moves on.
  • Apply strategies to write concise, actionable minutes.
  • Complete your final meeting notes and minutes promptly. 
  • Collaborate with the meeting leader and the group to make your job easier.  

Learn the answers to these questions and many more: 

  • Should I take minutes by hand or on a laptop?
  • If something happens after the meeting that's relevant to the discussion, should I include it in the meeting notes?
  • Should any part of meeting minutes be a transcript? 
  • How much of a guest speaker's presentation belongs in the minutes? 
  • How can I take notes when I don't understand the technical jargon everyone uses?
  • How do I produce meeting notes that people actually read? 

Note-taking practice: When you have learned a range of strategies, you will take notes at a virtual meeting. This practice gives you an opportunity to apply what you have learned and to identify additional changes you want to make in your note-taking habits. After the virtual meeting, you will move through an expert review of the meeting's content, comparing the information you captured with the instructor's. 

Bonus learning: Beyond learning to take more efficient notes and minutes, you will get tips and strategies to improve your meetings. When your meetings improve, your job as a note-taker takes less effort.

Time required: Working through the course online takes about 4 hours. If you complete the suggested activities--conversations with people in your organization--it will take longer. You can take as much time as you need in a lesson. Just complete the course within 90 days of your registration.

Your learning takeaway materials include:

  • 27-page course notebook
  • 4 note-taking templates, including a combined agenda-minutes template
  • 1 article, "How to Help Your Meeting Note-Taker"
  • 123 slides featured in the presentations in a PDF

Great meetings + excellent minutes = productive work groups. Do your part to strengthen the equation. 

You can enjoy your note-taking responsibilities. Enroll in Meeting Notes Made Easy!

What Students Are Saying

“One of the most helpful items I found in this course was the note templates. They assist in keeping my notes on track and organized.  In addition, the practice meeting really helped me visualize which areas I need to improve upon and which areas I have strengths in.”
—Kristy Lapham, Data Quality Analyst, Core Health and Fitness

“Yesterday I completed my first set of minutes since attending the class. What a huge improvement. I spent considerably less time writing, included less extraneous detail, and felt much less stressed. Hurray! Your teaching really made a tremendous difference.”
—Jennifer Taylor, Organizational Development Manager, Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County

“This web workshop helped guide me in the right direction to take meeting notes the ‘right way’! I feel more confident as the note taker in meetings. I make sure I capture the right information so the meeting committee can use my minutes as a guide."
—Melissa Summerfield, Training Specialist, HR, Organic Valley Family of Farms

What's included?

1 Survey
1 Text
14 Presentations
Lynn Gaertner-Johnston
Lynn Gaertner-Johnston
Writing Expert, Founder of Syntax Training

About the instructor

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston is a gifted teacher.

She has helped thousands of professionals improve their business communications. In her corporate teaching career of more than 25 years, Lynn has worked with executives, engineers, administrative professionals, scientists, sales staff, managers, public employees, and others, helping them get their messages across clearly, concisely, and correctly.

Her 100+ clients include REI, MasterCard, Microsoft, Ledcor, Boeing, Tennessee Valley Authority, PACCAR, Precor, Puget Sound Energy, Port of Seattle, and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. She also taught managerial communications in the MBA programs at the University of Washington and UW Bothell.

She knows her subject well. 

Lynn is the author of the award-winning book Business Writing With Heart: How to Build Great Work Relationships One Message at a Time. Her blog, Business Writing, attracts more than 6 million annual visitors from six continents. She has been quoted on business writing etiquette in The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Atlantic, and other media.

She earned her M.A. in communication from the University of Notre Dame and her B.A. in English from Bradley University. She studied proofreading and editing at New York University.

Lynn teaches with a love of her subject and a pleasure in sharing its practical value. She is dedicated to helping people communicate more effectively.

What Students Are Saying

“My work in policy development requires extensive writing and editing. Because of the courses I've taken from Syntax Training, I am more confident in my ability to write clearly and concisely, apply correct grammar and punctuation, and edit documents."

—Linda Harris-Proctor, Business Analyst, Bonneville Power Administration

“Your teaching is absolutely superb.”

—Mary Russell, Systems Analyst–Integration, ZirMed