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Setting Agendas and Taking Minutes
Ashgate Publishing, May 2010, Minutes: 14
The TakeAway Training Film Series comprises short, practical training films providing managers, supervisors and staff with techniques, advice and ideas on some of the key areas of their job.
The series which features 'talking head discussion' between psychologists Eve Ash and Peter Quarry, is designed for learning resource centres and management self-development. When the first titles in the series appeared People Management Journal said: '...one of the main selling points is that they firmly place responsibility for learning with the learner...They could be used either as stand-alone distance learning tools or as part of a training session. I am sure that any viewer will be able to take up their basic principles and apply them.'
Meetings can often be unproductive. Too many people don’t need to be there, don’t know why they are there, and when they are there don’t take agreed actions. Eve Ash, psychologist, provides helpful tips for setting agendas and taking minutes, including:
1. Agendas need a clear purpose
2. Items need specific objectives and time allocation
3. Circulate agendas before meetings
4. Minutes provide invaluable records
5. Minute "action plans" list who/what/when
6. Minutes require approval
Running time: 14 minutes