Effective Chairing Skills

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Aimed at organisation chairs, this one-day course develops the core chairing skills of confidence, assertiveness and time management. Participants will be equipped with a framework for effective leadership, approaches for improving boardroom participation, managing difficult situations and overcoming barriers to good decision making.

You will develop:

  • all the core skills essential for quality chairs: confidence, assertiveness, time-management
  • a framework to show effective leadership and get the most from your meetings
  • the ability to improve group participation and improve your personal impact
  • the self-confidence to manage difficult situations and overcome barriers to good decision making

You will receive:

  • a delegate pack containing notes and presentation slides
  • a certificate of attendance 

This course will now be held virtually. 





Chairing in a virtual world
Know the technology; Prepare well; Address concerns; Engage!


What is the role of the chairperson?
What should the role include?


Careful planning

Understanding the nature, purpose and objectives of the meeting

  • What goes into the planning of any meeting? 
  • Analysing the agenda from the chairperson's perspective


Chairing capability

  • The chairperson as the leader of the meeting
  • Working with an ineffective chairperson
  • Listening – questioning – summarising
  • Understanding participants behaviour
  • Keeping the meeting on-track
  • Maintaining focus


Lunch break


Critical evaluation

  • How to use the post meeting 18-point self-evaluation checklist


The self-confident chairperson

  • Common chairing mistakes - a critical analysis



Please note that sometimes the programme is subject to changes on the day.


"Great facilitators, fun, energetic and engaging and embodied well what they were trying to deliver on the course."

"Extremely good and interactive."

"Well run course with good use of the online platform to benefit and compliment the content."

"As a non-executive director attending, it was incredibly useful to gain a better understanding and knowledge of the chair's role. I have an appreciation for the position but also can use this to apply to my role to improve my effectiveness."

Course leaders

Rob Robson

Rob is a management training and development consultant and a member of the Chartered Governance Institute UK & Ireland.

Through TMF Training he specialises in the design and delivery of a range of management workshops, seminars and training courses tailored to the needs of both large corporations and small businesses. Together with Phil Davis, Rob has been delivering courses through TMF over a number of years and to a variety of audiences, both nationally and internationally.

Phil Davis

As the Managing Director of TMF Training, he develops and delivers a wide range of management workshops and training programmes.
Together with Rob Robson, Philip has been delivering courses through TMF over a number of years and to a variety of audiences, both nationally and internationally.

Philip’s training style is highly participative and interactive; his delivery is thought provoking and challenging. He continually questions the status quo and encourages others to do the same; to explore to re-examine and to think creatively to see if there is ‘a better way’. In a global competitive environment with intense pressure to deliver results, this is an approach he rigorously defends.

How to book

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