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How to Take Notes in Meetings

Taking notes shows you’re attentive, helps you learn, and provides a reference after the meeting.

By
Stever Robbins
August 4, 2013
Episode #117

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How to Take Notes in Meetings

Meetings. I just love meetings. No, I don’t. I hate meetings. At modern meetings, people sit around with their laptops open, dutifully typing in everything that’s said. Although we love to believe the laptops are making us more efficient, I know in my case, it’s really just an excuse to have a screen between me and the rest of the shudder meeting.

Taking notes shows you’re attentive, helps you learn, and provides a reference after the meeting.

As far as what to take notes on, check out my episode Taking Killer Notes. Always make sure you note the to-do items, decisions, and follow-up issues that come up in meetings. There’s nothing more embarrassing than showing up at the Capitol with your Zombie army, insisting that the world bow to your demands, and discovering that someone (that would be you) forgot to hose down the Zombies and make them presentable. Quelle horreur!

How to Take Notes in Meetings

How you take notes makes a big difference. First of all, do take notes. Taking no notes makes the rest of us think you are too clueless to realize what’s important. Even if you have a perfect recall, take notes for our sake, so we feel more comfortable.

Taking notes makes people think you’re being attentive. You may even want to be attentive. That means you’re aware of whatever’s going on. I was attentive when I had my first big infatuation. I noticed everything. They painted their pinky fingernail black. Was that to be trendy, or are they sending a message? Black is spelled B-L-A-C-K. The second letter is L, which stands for LOVE, which mean they do love me! Yay! Don’t laugh. You’ve been there. You know you have.

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