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. 


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. 

  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.