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Taking Minutes of Meetings: Set the Agenda; Identify What to Note; Write Accurate Minutes [Paperback]

Joanna Gutmann
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Feb. 1 2010 Creating Success

Minutes are vital to the success of meetings. Attendees rely on them for information they may have missed, and they serve as an essential communications tool for non-participants. In addition, the action points highlighted in minutes act as a timely reminder for the whole organization. Taking minutes involves listening skills as well as the ability to absorb information and summarize it simultaneously. The minute-taker is one of the most important and powerful people in a meeting. Although the tasks can be daunting, it is an opportunity to develop knowledge, broaden horizons and build credibility within the organization.

Taking Minutes of Meetingsis an accessible reference guide following the whole meeting cycle. Starting with organizing a meeting, it goes on to give reliable, hands-on advice about the sections of a meeting; the agenda; personal preparation; taking notes; accuracy; structuring notes; writing up the minutes and recording decisions and actions. It is aimed at anyone new to taking minutes and professionals looking to brush up their technique.

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Joanna Gutmann is a freelance training consultant specializing in office communication. She has a background in secretarial work and extensive experience in the design and development of courses for secretaries.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It was great Jan. 19 2012
By KIMHEN
Format:Paperback
Taking minutes of meetings was a great book to read for being a new admin assistant and did not have any minute taking experience. It will be a very useful tool on my desk. Would highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful!! Jan. 14 2011
By Rachel J. Maley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is proof of the old adage that good things come in small packages. The information provided for the notetaker at meetings is so useful! It includes not just tips on how to take notes, but also how to schedule meetings, keep track of who is (and is not) attending, keeping in touch with the meeting chairperson, and lots of other information that make taking minutes so much easier! I highly recommend this for anyone who gets tapped for taking minutes, scheduling meetings, setting agendas, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Skills for every aspect of taking the minutes - Wonderful! July 11 2012
By Kelli Forbes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have just finished reading this book and am a big fan of it. I was thrown into the role of meeting minute-taker over a decade ago and have still learned quite a bit from this 150-page book. From formatting the agenda and minutes to how to listen and what to listen for, the phrasing of the minutes, where the focus should be, and even how to project confidence when you might not feel it as "just a secretary" in a roomful of executives. There is quite a lot to learn in this quick read. If you are a minute-taker, do yourself a favor and grab this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Meeting Minutes! June 19 2012
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I was able to quick assimilate this information and use it in my current job. The book structure is well organized and the examples allow one to quick understand the different topics. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to improve meeting minutes in their organization.
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG, great addition to my library March 1 2014
By Ann Y. Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great little gem. I wished I had bought it sooner, years sooner?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great little book March 5 2013
By Debbie Owen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful little book, however the content is from the UK and some of the verbiage is not relevent to the US. I have this on my desk as a reference only, but I would recommend it to others.
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