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  • Writer's pictureLisa Almehsen

8 reasons to type up your notes after a meeting

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

Now, I know what you are thinking, who likes to attend meetings, and further, who likes to take notes. But.... if you've got to sit in that meeting, would you be surprised that a study done about saving money for companies could be done with better communication. Well, this is where it gets a bit tricky because a survey done about the usefulness of meetings showed only 6% thought they were useful and 44% said they were 25% useful. Staggering. So you see 82% of the people (44%+38% felt that the meetings were only useful less than 50% of the time.

If you took good notes, it could keep account for some of the following:

Who attended the meeting, date, topic. Write them up the same day, waiting will allow forgetfulness. Adopt the right tone, remember your notes may be forwarded to other people. Don't be afraid to cut and paste parts for the meeting notes or presentation. Outline action items, owners and dates agreed upon.

1. By taking notes, you show and emphasis of communication.

2. Your notes may benefit others.

3. This will show an effort and may get attention of superiors.

4. Your notes will require you to think more thoughtfully.

5. You will retain more of the information.

6. Notes will keep allow ease in future, at a meeting, conversation, next touch point.

7. Notes will increase likeliness that you are perceived as astute and will be more respected.

8. Notes will be a historical record of discussions, challenges and progress.

Make sure to keep at least 5% in your own voice. Re-read the notes to make sure they make sense and are accurate.

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