How to Chair Meetings Effectively

What you’ll learn:

This course teaches participants to lead and manage meetings, with proper preparation, running an effective agenda, managing attendees, keeping to time, and delivering effective minutes.

On completion of this session, participants will be able to:

    • understand the role and responsibilities of the chair
    • understand the importance of minutes – internal and external
    • understand the value of an effective and organised agenda
    • appreciate the value of listening to the messages
    • run efficient meetings
    • run meetings to time
    • ensure a closer relationship with the minute taker.

Who is the course for?

This course is an essential tool for anyone who chairs meetings, from university staff, Government and semi-state employees to businesses – small and large – and representative organisations and associations. 

The course will suit those who are in the role but have never received formal training, those who would like to polish their chairing skills, and anyone who may  have to chair meetings in the future and would like to learn useful tips and to apply best practice.


This course is best suited to those who are chairs but have never had formal training and those who may be starting in the role of chair. 

Susan O'Keeffe

Susan O'Keeffe


Susan O’Keeffe has extensive experience of both attending and chairing meetings and the training reflects this real-life experience. She has worked as a print and radio journalist, TV producer and director, and five years as a senator. She prepares and edits many reports and speeches and offers training in speechwriting. She is an experienced professional writer, across all styles and options.

She also offers training in business and report writing and bespoke support and training for media appearances. She is also available for facilitating public consultations, team sessions and chairing meetings.

She has trained with a wide range of clients including: NTMA, Siemens, KBC, Heritage Council, Acorn Insurance, Liberty Insurance, Alone, ComReg, CCPC, Legal Aid Board, FBD, UCC, UCD, TCD, UL, DCU.


This course is delivered in one half day session.

The course can be delivered in person or via Zoom.

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