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How do you take minutes effectively

How do you take minutes effectively?

How do you take minutes effectively

How do you take minutes effectively?

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Preparing for the Meeting

Understanding the Agenda

It is important to understand the meeting’s agenda properly. This would involve reviewing the topics that should be discussed, the objectives of the meeting, and what is supposed to be achieved. This would help one to properly organize the meeting and get all important issues without leaving any. With an agenda, one should talk with the meeting organizer or the chairperson for clarification. This will also help to put into consideration of which agenda item is more crucial for the meeting, and what is not.

How do you take minutes effectively

Gathering the required materials

In this case, one should prepare the needed materials before the meeting commences. The material that one needs to gather are;

  • A copy of the agenda; This will assist one in guiding them as they take minutes and help in knowing where they are.

  • Note-taking tools; Whether it is a laptop, tablet, and pen and paper, one will be required to get one of these.

  • The supporting documents needed for the meeting, such as the previous meeting minutes, reports, or presentation that will be referred during the meeting.

  • Recording Device, but one needs to get permission from the participants and inform them in advance. The recorder could be a back-up plan for those who are typing and store accurate information during the meeting.

Taking Minutes During the Meeting

Recording Key Points and Decisions

When conducting the meeting, one should focus on blindly recording the key points and decisions made by the team members. It includes:

  • Summarize the discussions

    • Instead of trying to replicate everything disused, the minutes should focus on being a brief overture over the highlights of the conversations, presenting main arguments and conclusions made by the team members.

    • Document decisions

    • If a decision is made, it should be captured in the minutes, which might also specify the logic associated with it. Identifying the key decision-makers, one should write down their names or the group responsible for each decision.

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Noting Action Items and Responsible Parties

When identifying action items and responsible parties, it would be useful to:

  • Document what needs to be done
  • Present a concise yet explicit summary of the assignment which needs to be completed. All the items identified in this section of the document should have clear deadlines and should pose as assignments.
  • Assign an individual or a group of people to perform the task
  • It is also essential to “note who has been given the assignment and who will report back to the group” . This part will present the degree of accountability expected for each of the actions listed. Set deadlines for the completion of the tasks.

Finalizing and Distributing Minutes

Review and Edit

As the first step, one should review and edit the meeting minutes after the meeting is over. First, the person who creates the document needs to ensure that it is complete. This means checking for all the key points, decisions made, and action items agreed on to confirm that they were correctly recorded. The writer should also cross-reference the notes with the meeting agenda to make sure that nothing important was missed. Than the wording should be edited: it is necessary to simplify long and complex sentences, clarify any ambiguous statements, and ensure that a person who was not present at the meeting will be able to understand the content accurately. The final stage is formatting, which should be consistent, and include headings, bullet points or numbering, and type of font.

Sharing the Minutes

After the meeting minutes are finalized, they need to be shared with all the participants. Next steps for sharing the minutes may include:

  • Sending a mass email to all participants and any other relevant stakeholders and attaching the meeting minutes to it or providing a link to the document in the body of the email.

  • If the workplace uses any collaboration software, such as Slack, Microsoft Teams, or Google Workspace, the minutes could be shared there.

  • Using a document sharing platform, such as Google Drive or SharePoint, to upload the minutes so that they could be of immediate access to all employees, along with notifying all participants that the minutes had been uploaded.

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