Re: Taking Minutes at Meetings

Subject: Re: Taking Minutes at Meetings
From: Penny Staples <staplesp -at- airwire -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2001 13:27:51 -0600

I take meeting minutes and I don't see it as a demeaning thing. Neither do the
other people in the meeting, as far as I can tell (I am often thanked,
specifically, for doing it). The more important the meeting, the more important
it is for there be a clear, unambiguous summary made available afterward. As a
writer, you are best qualified to provide this.

In our organization, there have been a number of occasions when the minutes
have been absolutely necessary for tracking a sequence of events and decisions.
Attitude is everything - as we see things here, I'm not filling a "secretarial"
role - I'm documenting the important decisions being made in the meeting
(otherwise I wouldn't do it).

The act of taking minutes doesn't make you a secretary. And refusing to take
minutes will not get you taken more seriously as a professional. As others have
said, it's an opportunity to demonstrate your competence and understanding of
the issues to the rest of the team.

My .02 worth.

Penny

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Penny Staples
Symbol Technologies Canada, Inc.
staplesp -at- airwire -dot- com
(204) 478-8027



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