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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.
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