Who is it for?

Anyone looking to improve their skills at chairing meetings or leading focus groups. 

What will I learn?

This workshop teaches delegates how to be neutral, confident and articulate Chairs so that effective and efficient meetings are more easily achieved.

Delegates are taught various practical chairing skills. They are introduced to common ‘problem personality’ meeting attendees. A brainstorming session follows in which the group discusses techniques to deal with the assembly annoyance.  Finally, attendees take part in mock meeting scenarios in which one group member will take the role of Chair. This delegate will receive constructive feedback on his or her performance. 

By the end of the workshop delegates will know how to:

  • Exercise control
  • Direct discussion in a positive way
  • Enable all members to make their point
  • Interpret attendees’ body language
  • Drive the meeting forward
  • Summarise effectively
  • Lead the agenda item to a decision
  • Deal with ‘problem people’ 

How will I learn?

During the workshop you’ll learn by taking part in:

  • Whole and sub-group discussion with practical activities
  • Q&A sessions
  • Self-reflection activities to think about how you’ll apply what you’ve learned to a wider context

Meet the tutor

Emma Taylor has been successfully training clients in public speaking and chairing since 2003. Prior to this, she worked as an actor. Currently, she also works as a scriptwriter and lectures in the subject. Possessing a deep-rooted knowledge of these professions allows her to share refreshing, practical tips. She has a very diverse client base: from priests, finance directors and restauranteurs to best men and politicians. Regardless of the client's profession, Emma helps trainees to embrace and develop their own style.


If the cost of this workshop is an issue for you or your organisation we welcome bursary applications - please find details here

Member Discount

Individual and Organisational members are entitled to 15% off the price of a standard ticket for this course. Just enter the code at checkout.

Not an individual member? Join from as little as £4 per month. See more about our membership offer here.

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