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


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