Summary of Taking Minutes of Meetings

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Taking Minutes of Meetings book summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans

Rating

7 Overall

9 Applicability

6 Innovation

6 Style


Recommendation

The unsung hero of any corporate meeting is the minute-taker, quietly and diligently recording the decisions, big and small, that fuel the engines of business. Minute-taking is not simply the process of scribbling notes on a pad. A skilled minute-taker distills lengthy discussions down to their essential messages, and creates order and harmony from the often discordant process of reaching a consensus. Office communication consultant Joanna Gutmann carefully explains every aspect of the process, from setting up the meeting and distributing the agenda to taking notes and formatting the minutes. You will encounter quite a bit of redundancy if you read the book cover-to-cover, but getAbstract believes you will find it to be an indispensable reference if you are assigned to take the minutes.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why minute-taking is an important aspect of any meeting;
  • How to record the message behind the words;
  • How to structure the record accurately; and
  • How to create user-friendly meeting agendas and minutes using practical guidelines.
 

About the Author

Joanna Gutmann is an office communication training consultant. She has designed and implemented several courses on office skills and communication for secretaries and other office staff members.

 

Summary

Why Take Minutes?
Minutes are the essential documentation of a meeting and they: Provide participants with a record of the meeting and its outcome. Fill the gaps for committee members whose minds wandered, who had to leave or step out of the room, or who could not...

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

How to Run a More Effective Meeting
How to Run a More Effective Meeting
8
Simply Said
Simply Said
8
Your Business Is a Leaky Bucket
Your Business Is a Leaky Bucket
8
Building Your Board
Building Your Board
8
Divided We Stand
Divided We Stand
8
All the Kremlin's Men
All the Kremlin's Men
8

Related Channels

Comment on this summary