You’re creating permanent, official records
Minutes represent your organisation’s history. Once approved, your minutes become official records of actions and decisions. No pressure, right? That’s why you’re compensated, and it’s also one of the reasons a number of assistants feel the pressure when it comes to this aspect of the role.
Practices have evolved
… and so you need to ensure that your practices reflect current standards. This becomes particularly important for long-term assistants. Many of you reading this will have begun your careers when there was an entirely different approach as to what should and shouldn’t be recorded.
Different execs or meeting chairs have different expectations
… and, while there are standards to which you want to adhere, it’s not uncommon for those who record meetings chaired by different leaders to find themselves adapting to individual style preferences for each committee or body.
We’ll take a look at this, as well as how much of your time you spend on this aspect of the job and how you record minutes.
All this, of course, leads to the topic of my latest Weekend Poll:
All the hours you spend on minutes
Please take a couple of minutes to complete the poll below.