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



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Improve how you chair online, hybrid and in-person meetings and learn easy-to-implement techniques to manage participation. Master the technology and processes around online meetings and gain confidence in how you navigate challenging situations that may arise. We’ll also touch on team dynamics and how to best facilitate productive and engaging sessions.

Key outcomes

  • Identify the skills and approaches needed to effectively chair a meeting
  • Develop a meeting protocol and understand how to manage conflict appropriately
  • Learn how to encourage quieter participants to speak up and how to manage overly-talkative participants

Who should attend

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

Your LGIU Trainer

Miranda Smythe has 30 years of experience helping organisations (mainly local governments) identify learning gaps and develop tailored, creative strategies to address their goals. Miranda is also involved in local community development activities and provides 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.

What others are saying about LGIU training

“My internal organisational development team recommended that I take this course on chairing and wow! The content was excellent, the pace of the session was good, and there was just the right amount of break-out discussion. Miranda was brilliant and clearly very experienced and knowledgeable.” – Breigh, from Northumberland