The Most Important Personal Skill for Useful Team Meetings

It doesn’t matter if you love or hate meetings, if you can’t remember what you talked about, they are pretty useless. 

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How many times have you sat in a meeting and had the feeling you discussed the current topic but nobody can remember what you discussed or decided? Feels like a waste of time to discuss it again. 

The most important skill you can develop is the ability to clearly summarize your meetings and interactions.

When a meeting has concluded, and before you move on to the next “thing” take a moment to write a summary of your interaction. 

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  1. Who was there?
  2. What was discussed? 
  3. What was decided? 

Personally, I use Evernote to track meeting summaries. In fact, here’s a copy of the template I use to make it quick and easy. (Meeting Summary Template)

Summarizing is a skill that will help you lead stronger, more empowered teams. Challenge your team to do the same. 

 

Bonus: By using Evernote, you also have the ability to set reminders, take photos of whiteboard sessions and even record audio summaries.