Meeting minutes: 8 good reasons to write up those notes

Consultants Mind

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:

Meeting survey on consultantsmind

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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About redahojeij

Extensive international experience in the pharmaceutical industry in General Management, Sales and Marketing, in mature and emerging Markets across Europe, Middle East and North Africa. > + 25 years of experience in a Fortune 50 global pharmaceutical Company, developing business, sales potential, new opportunities, people and organization structures across a wide range of emerging and mature markets in EMEA. Founded KALEMA Consulting to provide services in Executive Business Coaching and Consulting, for Business Executives wanting to improve performance and effectiveness in face of existing business challenges in International mature and emerging markets Double Education background, Business and Science. Tri-lingual (English, French and Arabic)
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