Re: Tech Writers taking minutes

Subject: Re: Tech Writers taking minutes
From: Meg Halter <aiki4us -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 10:37:33 -0700 (PDT)


Hi Lorrie --

The level of detail you describe for the minutes seems silly to
me. If they want that, perhaps they should install a video
camera and videotape each meeting. Then you could put together a
table of contents indicating where on the tape different topics
were discussed. They get their extreme detail and you keep your
sanity. Even better, you will be freed up to do worthwhile work.
And, no, I'm not kidding.

I don't know whether it's appropriate for a tech writer to be
taking minutes -- that would depend on the place where you work
and the circumstances. Where I work, either there are no minutes
or the boss takes them. On occasion, I've volunteered to do
minutes for meetings that tend to be especially muddled, leaving
people running around in a "who's on first?" mode. It keeps
things clear and ensures that the way *I* understood it becomes
the record. ;D

-- Meg

--- Lorrie Staples <lestapatl -at- hotmail -dot- com> wrote:
>
> I am wondering how many other technical writers have been
> required to take
> minutes in meetings (as their main function) and what was the
> level of
> detail that you were expected to produce in your minutes
> document?

[snip]

> requirements to me. In this environment, taking minutes means
> recording
> everything (he said/she replied) except the breathing! I have

[snip of difficult situation]


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