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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Taking Minutes of Meetings 3rd ed isbn 9780749456573

Taking Minutes of Meetings 2nd ed

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ISBN13: 9780749445591
ISBN: 0749445599
New Edition ISBN: 9780749456573
Published: May 2006
Publisher: Kogan Page Ltd
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

Minute taking is an important yet under-rated part of business management meetings, critical at all levels of committee. Participants rely on them for information they may have missed, those who could not attend can see what was decided in their absence, and the action points act as a timely reminder.

Taking Minutes of Meetings explains the functions of minutes, the different styles, how to take them accurately and how to listen and summarise. Now in its second edition, this practical guide includes a new chapter on 'The Requirements of the Freedom of Information Act'.

Reliable, accessible advice is given on important topics such as: setting up a meeting; sections of a meeting; the agenda; personal preparation; taking notes; the minutes; recording decisions and actions.

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Company Law
1. Background
Cycle of a meeting
The participants
2. Arranging a meeting
Who will attend
3. Sections of a meeting
4. Agenda
Agenda styles
5. Personal preparation
6. Creating the right environment
7. Attending the meeting
8. Taking notes
The message, not the words
9. Structuring notes
10. Writing up the minutes
11. The minutes
Styles of minutes
Common questions about minutes
Useful words for minutes
12. Recording decisions and actions
13. Layout and numbering
Look at the picture
14. Impact of the Freedom of Information Act on minutes
Exempt information
Impact on meeting papers
Referencing meeting papers
Writing minutes
15. Business English for minutes
Plain English
Problem punctuation
16. Building confidence