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How to Effectively Chair Meetings

  • 5 CPD Hours Apex Building, Blackthorn Road Sandyford Business District D18 (map)

Effectively chairing meetings is a difficult task which can lead to disorganisation and fail to achieve the objective of the day. Knowing how to plan, prepare and lead a meeting can be the difference in an effective meeting or a waste of time and effort.

Delegates will learn the essential guides on how to plan, prepare and structure a successful meeting. Also, what your corporate governance responsibilities are. 

CMG Professional Training are one of Irelands leading professional educators, and have trained hundreds of people in the art of chairing meetings. After this one-day course, you will leave with the skills and confidence to enter into a meeting with renewed confidence and knowledge. You also receive our full tutorial pack which will allow you to refer back to your course content after the course is finished, enabling you to continue to access key points and refresher topics as you need them. And you receive five structured CPD points towards your professional education requirements. 

Course Content

  • How to run effective meetings

  • Common problems associated with meetings

  • Responsibilities of the chair 

  • How to become an impressive and authoritative chairperson 

  • Use of statements, questions, listening, acknowledging, clarifying, summarising and confirming 

  • Deciding the type of meeting, level of formality and leading/chairing style 

  • Planning clear guidelines for the structure of the meeting 

  • Preparation, drawing up a sequential, informative, timed clear agenda

  • Leading meetings: effective positive, motivational introductions, clarifying ground rules and objectives

  • Applying the skills of leading, processing and controlling meetings

  • Clarifying and gaining agreement with objectives 

  • Facilitate discussion and involve participants 

  • Problem solving and decision making 

  • How to handle difficult people 

  • Exploring different behaviours: reviewing options for handling these appropriately 

  • Achieving a positive outcome 

  • Gaining positive participation

  • Concluding positively: by gaining agreement on actions, accountabilities and deadlines 

  • Supporting individuals, building on their contributions and ideas

  • Managing follow-through 

Who Should Attend?

For people who would like to improve their skills when tasked with hosting a meeting. This course is for all levels of management or for those who plan on moving up the ladder and will host meetings in the future.    


On completion of this one-day training course, you will receive your CMG MasterClass Certificate as well as your CPD Certificate containing 5 Structured CPD Hours. Please note certificates are issued at the close of the training course to participants who complete the full five hours.


This course costs €395 (Early-bird) normal rate is €495. Includes course documentation and light refreshments. While the course fee does not include lunch, we do provide freshly made sandwiches, coffee and a range of teas and fresh juice for those who require a light lunch. Alternatively you can avail of the local food stores and coffee shops opposite the training centre for hot food or alternative lunch options.

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