I reccomend reading it as she offers helpful points on taking effective meeting minutes - a task frequently done poorly.
I think the article is missing one important point - always be ready to take meeting minutes.
I'm guilty of the "if I ignore it, it'll go away" syndrome. You are too, I'll wager.
I have worked myself into the state of dreading having to take minutes - thus I do everything to be unprepared to do so - all in the hope that I won't have to, someone else will, they won't be needed, etc. and etc. Generally a bad plan - an approach to fail.
Rethinking this approach and instead taking these tips to heart is much more realistic. Here's a way to look at it:
- If I'm going to spend my time in a meeting, then I'm probably going to take notes, since the act of taking notes helps fix the discussions, the issues and my thoughts firmly in my mind.
- Now, if I'm going to take notes, there's really not a lot of difference between the preparations and techniques for me as a simple note-taking participant as compared to a "scribe" (minutes-taker). These tips are in the article by Diana.
- So, my thinking goes, I'm actually ready to "take minutes" for most any meeting I attend.
So where Diana suggests:
Instead, read that as "Since you're always prepared to take good meeting notes and minutes, here are a few pointers..."
"If you find yourself having to take meeting minutes, here are a few pointers"...