Meeting minutes are not boring. Most people see this as a bureaucratic habit straight out of Mad Men, where Joan is typing notes at an old typewriter. I disagree
1. Notes show effort. At the very minimum, it shows good follow-through and commitment. While others are barely paying attention in the meeting, and promptly forgetting what was said, you are adding some (albeit) minor value.
2. Notes emphasize communication. I am convinced that better communication could save most businesses 20-30% of their SG&A costs. Most meetings are not needed. I did a post on bad meetings here. I also also conducted a survey of this blog post’s readers. As of today, 52 people responded to the question:
You can see that 82% of people (44% + 38%) felt that meetings were only useful <50% of the time. That is pretty consistent with my experience as well. Most meetings…
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