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

Online Training: Time Management


This programme has been specially written for Councillors who want to improve the way they manage their time.

Full of useful tips, which are built around the Councillor role, the session will enable participants to:

  • Set limits and boundaries on meetings
  • Prioritise using a zoning system
  • Manage emails and paperwork.

Each delegate will receive a comprehensive handout.


10 mins Welcome

  • Programme objectives
  • Personal introductions
10 mins Limits and Boundaries

  • Setting parameters around the role
  • Limits and boundaries


35 mins Personal Organisation Tips

  • Desk mess and paperwork
  • Emails
  • Diary management
  • Prioritising and planning
35 mins The People-Side of Time Management

  • Managing telephone conversations
  • How to bring meetings to a conclusion
  • Interrupting politely
5 mins Session Review

  • Summary, key learning points, feedback and close.


Who should attend?

This session is aimed at busy Councillors who want to improve how they manage their time.


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.