Costs of clear minutes
Taking minutes does not need to cut you out of a meeting, but it does
call for a tradeoff between participating and recording. In most
meetings, you can be formulating what to say next while someone else is
speaking. This doesn't work if you want to record even the essence of
what was said.
- tradeoff: participation vs recording
- need to free up schedule after meeting
- accountability applies to you too
You will need to take notes quickly during the meeting. If you wait too
long to write up the minutes, you may have trouble remembering what you
meant by the notes you took. If you day is filled with wall-to-wall
meetings, you'll need to change it.
Before you commit yourself to making a clear record of who was supposed
to do what as decided in your meetings, make sure you're willing to be
held accountable yourself.
The Importance of Meeting Minutes
Last modified: Mon Jan 6 16:23:46 EST 1997