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Taking Minutes of Meetings (Creating Success) [Paperback]

Joanna Gutmann
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3 Jan 2010 0749456574 978-0749456573

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, the ability to absorb information and to 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 Meetings is an accessible reference guide following the whole meeting cycle. Starting with organising 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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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page (3 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749456574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749456573
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.9 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taking Minutes of Meetings is a practical guide that takes you through the entire process behind minute taking from arranging the meeting, writing the agenda, creating the optimum environment, taking, structuring and writing notes up accurately.

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Joanna Gutmann is a freelance training consultant specialising in office communication. She has a background in secretarial work, and extensive experience in the design and development of courses for secretaries. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD). You can visit her website at . To download Joanna's handy app for help with punctuation app, visit:

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended Reading 9 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have been taking minutes for years, but I was concerned that I had picked up bad habits and been confused by how other people prepare minutes.
This book is succinct and practical. It's only a small book so it doesn't take long to read cover to cover. It's also designed so that you can dip in and out of it and use for reference as there are plenty of cross references.
It tells you all you need to know with examples of different styles how minutes should look.
In fact, it provides guidance for all the organising required to set up a meeting in the first place too.
The author has thought of everthing and there is no unnecessary waffle.
I am thinking of buying more books in this series as this one has turned out so well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minute marvel 14 Feb 2011
I was recommended to get this book by someone at work who had found it very useful and I have to say that I agree. It is written in plain basic language and takes you from the very start of the process to the end. You can dip in and out depending on your experience which is also very good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delighted with product and service... 6 Sep 2011
By Ann
Excellent product....really good for those who are expected to take minutes. Clear and precise layout of each in terms of remit and what should be done to organise, run and minute a meeting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a little gem 1 Mar 2012
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This neat little "can-do" book contains a wealth of practical information, not just on producing minutes but on the whole process of servicing meetings. There is plenty of encouragement for those low-status employees who are unacknowledged mainstays of their organisations (as the task of minute-taking often falls to these people). A very good buy!
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