Re: Tech Writers taking minutes

Subject: Re: Tech Writers taking minutes
From: John Posada <jposada01 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 11:17:43 -0700 (PDT)

I was in a situation where I was the tech writer in a re-engineering
process and while I wasn't asked to take minutes at each of the
meetings (8 hours per day for 5 straight day), I WANTED a record of
everything everyone said. I bought a Sony dictating machine with
unidirections microphone and two boxes of tapes. I placed the
recorder in the middle of the table next to the polycom mike and just
let it run. Each night, for a week, I would take the two tapes from
that day and give them to a typist. For 30 dollars a day, I would
get, in a Word file, a complete dialog of the meeting. I could
concentrate on listening, knowing that I'd get a complete record,
word for word, of the meeting by the next day.

--- Meg Halter <aiki4us -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> 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.

John Posada, Senior Technical Writer
--- Deep Thought
"Will work for money"
mailto:john -at- tdandw -dot- com, 732-259-2874

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