Chairing Skills


This course provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills and attributes (the tools) needed to become an effective chairman

Chairing Skills provides an introduction to the knowledge, skills and attributes (the tools) needed to become an effective chairman. The session is about equipping you with the knowledge you need to be an effective chairman. Topics include the role and responsibilities of the chairman, the framework in which the chairman operates and relationships with stakeholders. The session will also help you to be a more successful chairman by improving awareness of yourself and others and understanding the role of a leader. This skills development session will assist you as a chairman with running effective meetings, upholding professional conduct, dealing with difficult situations, engaging with stakeholders, maintaining good relationship with the clerk and other employees and effective communications.

Session benefits:

By the end of Chairing Skills, you will:

  • Understand the role of chairman including responsibilities and limitations
  • Know that preparation before a meeting is key for an effective meeting
  • Understand chairing styles and the link with professional conduct
  • Have tools to manage the public and the media
  • Understand how through effective leadership, a chairman can build effective partnership and engage with the community

Have considered:

  • the skills required to chair a challenging meeting – stimulating debate, maintaining focus and managing conflict
  • how to assess your members skills
  • tools for effective influencing, facilitation and control of meetings
  • questioning and listening skills

Session leaders:

Vendy Treagust and additional trainer

In-house Training:

Chairing Skills can be provided in-house, which is a cost-effective approach if you have a number of people who require training. You choose where and when you want our trainers to deliver. We will also tailor the course content to suit your precise organisation needs.

To find out more about LCPD in-house training, please see our In-House Training webpage or to speak us about your particular requirements please contact Laura Heyhoe.

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Suitable Audience: Chairmen, committee chairmen or those who might aspire to these roles.

Member Price: £60

Non-Member: £84

Balc Price: £67.50