An effective board meeting is not just about the meeting moment itself, but about the entire meeting process. This process ranges from preparing your board meeting and drawing up the board meeting agenda, to drawing up the board meeting minutes. In this blog you can read about how to effectively create good minutes of your online meeting.
Tips & tricks on effective meetings often focus only on the meeting moment itself. A shame! Throughout the entire meeting process, you can meet more effectively with a few simple adjustments. In other words: get the same or more out of your meeting with less time and effort. The tips below will help you write good board meeting minutes quickly and efficiently.
If it is a recurring meeting, you probably attended the previous meeting and took the minutes of that meeting yourself. You are then, of course, (quite) aware of what is going on. In the case of a new meeting or a separate meeting, reading in advance is extra important. It helps if you know who will be present and what will be discussed. It is also nice if you have a clear purpose for the board meeting, so you can take this into account when working out the board meeting minutes. In this way you keep your focus and only write down the important issues.
Make sure that you, as a notary, are aware of the functionalities of your meeting software and thus avoid unnecessary work. For example, when creating the board meeting minutes. With Indeqa you can turn an existing agenda into a special document for the minutes with just a few clicks. All information plus all attachments are automatically included. This allows you to immediately start working out the minutes. All documents of the meeting are saved together, so you can easily find everything later.
Feel free to ask for clarification if necessary. Please use the chat function so that your speakers don't interrupt their story. Do not do this too abundantly and not at every point. You can also ask for clarification after the meeting. You can ask this via the chat function.
Are decisions made or tasks distributed at meetings? Mark this as Task or Decision in the meeting software. This is possible if you use Indeqa. The software will then automatically number the Task or Decision. You can then make use of the extra possibilities of the software.
You don't have to do everything yourself. If the chairman, or another participant, has a great input, ask for his or her personal note and make a public note so that everyone can read it. Not all meeting software offers this feature. With Indeqa this is possible.
Immediately after the meeting, everything that was said is still fresh in your memory. Make use of this and, where possible, plan a moment immediately after the meeting for further elaboration of the minutes.
It is also convenient for the meeting participants if they receive the minutes within a few days after the meeting, so that they do not have to go far back in their memories. In Indeqa you can prepare the minutes immediately after the meeting is finished. The minutes are not yet visible to the participants. This way you can share the agenda with all participants with a single push of a button, after approval by the chairperson. In between you can easily adjust something if necessary. This way of working ensures a shorter turnaround time per meeting.
Above you have read about how to effectively take notes during a remote meeting. Many of these tips can also be used during a real life meeting. Taking minutes is a skill. And skills you learn mainly by doing it a lot. So it is with making use of the possibilities the software offers. The meeting software of Indeqa has a steep learning curve: in a short time you notice that you work more and more pleasant and save time.
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