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No, no - you want to be the guy doing the minutes!
Remember, the minutes are the official record of what was discussed and what was agreed at the meeting.
And what tasks were given to which attendee.
So the guy who write the minutes effectively has all the power - he can allocate what he wants where and provided it doesn't jibe too badly with general recollections (and most people don't listen to anything in a meeting, they are planning what they want to say) it's what the meeting decided, Joe - so get on with it!
If you do get called out on something, just apologise, say that's what you thought was decided, and you must have written it down wrong ...
Doing the minutes is an excellent way to get out of jobs ...
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Meetings; and I simply said "no, will not be there". I dislike meetings that are there just for form. If you have questions, I wants a mail that gives me a copy of what you want and your wording. No need to meet for that.
At my last place, we meeted an hour per day, minimum. Standing of course, cause you don't want to seem passive. We active, engaging, committed, and fakkin bored.
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( In another life, YEARS ago ) we had once a week, 5 - 6 people, "what are you working on? what's the status?" meetings. After they stopped, I found that they were useful.
( Well half of them - how to pick which ones. )
my response to something I don't want to do is usually a 'No'. If I have to I will respond with 'NO!'
If I am ordered to do so by someone in upper management who can make me. And if I really don't want to do it and it won't cost me my job. Doing the item wrongly usually means I won't have to do it again. Doing it wrongly as stated does not mean doing it badly. Just not doing the exact way it was expected.
I know wrongly is not a word. But it suited my purpose here.
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I recall walking into a meeting and when seeing 12 people I turned round to leave. When the PM demanded why I was leaving I pointed out that nothing would be decided with 12 participants so I was going to go do something constructive. I rarely got invited to meetings and NEVER took minutes.
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I often do All the minutes, notes for meetings.
In real-time, while sharing my screen.
It keeps me engaged in the process, ensures everyone's voice is heard, and allows me to be wrong out loud.
I never thought of it as an opportunity to embarrass or harass a co-worker or client.
But by showing my screen, including (and especially) the Action Items, who they are assigned to, and what they actually say, we find that we get INCREDIBLE levels of buy-in, and we often review the Action Items at the end, to ensure that everyone is clear on what is assigned to them.
DOW Chemical taught me 2 things about every meeting:
1) If the purpose of the meeting is not clear, it MUST NOT BE HELD!
2) If the output of the meeting is not a well-defined set of actions, it MUST NOT BE HELD!
This really nipped a lot of the old "informative" or "inquisitive" (out of touch people trying to get up to speed), in the bud. And I greatly appreciated NOT being in those meetings, when I was forced into them at other companies.
You have an interesting take on doing the minutes. If I was your superior, I would have you re-write them, continuously, for days if required, until you capture the TONE and ESSENCE of the meeting. And you would be assigned to take ALL the meeting notes in EVERY meeting until you developed said skills.
Oh, and I would MOST CERTAINLY make you take the notes, online, and share/review what was being captured in front of the team having the meeting. We would "help" you reword and remove things (like side comments).
BTW, I don't discourage the side comments, like your minutes tend to. the emotional state of the team can be measured that way. It's usually a sign of deeper problems that I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT. Especially if we are ALL FEELING IT.
Oh, we also RECORD our meetings, and I drop Time Stamps in my notes, so we can quickly find specific conversations. It's never what was "said"... It's what was communicated by what was said...
Interesting, I am not sure which level of sarcasm you are driving at!
Just in case:
It might sound inefficient, but if you type 80wpm or more, and have 30+ years of experience.
And can put your EGO aside (being wrong out loud)...
It REALLY is efficient. When we are done with a meeting, we can (and do) immediately send the Action Items, and often a Snippet Reminder of the context of the meeting (not always required).
We had to interface with another company that took, on average 2 days to get "Minutes" out to everyone.
We don't wait 2 days to get most of the action items completed. It was REALLY HARD to work with them, and they kept talking about "Work/Life" balance.