England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa Democracy, devolution and governance, Personal and organisational development

Online Training: Advanced Chairing: online, hybrid and in-person


Understanding the mechanics and managing participation

This online session aims to improve the way you chair both online, hybrid and in-person meetings and techniques to improve how you manage participation. The first part of the session will look at online meetings and understanding the technology and processes

Full of useful tips, it will enable you to:

  • Identify the adapted skills and approaches needed for the effective chairing of an online meeting
  • Develop a meeting protocol
  • Chair effectively using specific techniques and approaches.
  • Each delegate will receive a comprehensive handout.

The second part of the session then looks at how to manage participation at meetings and will look at:

  • Creating an environment that encourages participation
  • Using techniques to encourage quieter meeting members to input into discussions
  • Interrupting over-talkative participants
  • Setting and using ground-rules
  • Managing conflict confidently.

Set in the virtual world the programme covers a range of topics focusing on techniques that can encourage participation. The session also features ideas on how to manage over-participation, together with some input around team dynamics.



Miranda Smythe

Miranda has 30 years’ experience in helping organisations (mainly local government) to identify learning gaps, and to develop tailored, creative and relevant strategies for meeting these needs with a view of helping them meet their objectives.  Miranda is also a Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) Associate Trainer and has been involved in developing bespoke programmes for Councillors including speed reading and personal safety.

In addition to her formal role, Miranda is also very involved in local community development activities, providing mental health awareness sessions for many not-for-profit organisations.  She is Chair of a local homelessness charity and has been instrumental in developing and facilitating community leadership initiatives in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Who should attend?

Elected members or officers who want to develop and improve their chairing skills to the next level.