RE: Taking Minutes at Meetings

Subject: RE: Taking Minutes at Meetings
From: "Gilger.John" <JGilger -at- acresgaming -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 8 Mar 2001 08:28:37 -0800

Carol Anne T. Wall wonders if she should be Taking Minutes at Meetings.

In my experience, this attitude is typical of managers who do not know the
difference between a technical writer and a stenographer. There only seems
to be three choices: Enlighten your boss; meekly go along (and earn the
undying ire of tech writers still fighting this fight); update the resume
and move to a less antiquated company.

Obviously, the first choice is preferrable.

I have taken minutes in meetings in the past and not bothered noting those
issues that did not affect my part of the task. When asked, I explained that
my shorthand is non-existent and I was doing good to get down the info I
needed for my job. I smiled and said I was glad to share what I had, then
suggested that maybe another meeting attendee had noted that information.
This tactic was not always warmly received, to say the least.

John Gilger
Senior Technical Writer
Acres Gaming, Inc.


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