How Taking Minutes Can Bring Small Businesses to Success

With technology ever evolving and online collaborations on the rise, minute taking can seem like an old-fashioned approach to recording a business meeting. However, it does still have its place and can benefit a business in numerous ways, especially those who are new to running a company and start-ups.

As a quick refresher, minutes are notes recorded by an allocated individual, often a PA or secretary, in order to summarize what has been discussed at a meeting. Done correctly, they will highlight the meeting chronologically and succinctly, including important information such as event dates, deadlines, who said what, budget concerns and suggestions.

Why are minutes important?

Minutes are important for a number of reasons. To begin with, it’s important to have a record of meetings that have taken place in order to act on information. Often, once out of the meeting, important information may be forgotten, so having that record gives everyone involved a reference point when it comes to carrying out what has been discussed.
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Making Sure Your Brainstorm Isn’t a Brain Fart

People either love brainstorming, or they hate it. There seems to be no inhabitable middle ground when it comes to that type of group work. But, more often than not, those who hate brainstorming have had to live through session after session of forced meetings, with managers who shoot down any idea that doesn’t fit in with what the executive order has already thought up. What other option remains to a bored employee have in that type of a meeting than to try and beat their high score on Angry Birds?

However brainstorming CAN actually be useful – those in charge just have to structure their sessions properly. So if you’re planning on getting everyone in your department together for a little session, remember to: Continue reading

Why Interdepartmental Communication is More Important Than You Think

Do you struggle with communicating with other departments at your job or keeping the flow of conversation active? Today our guest poster Felicia Baratz discusses how businesses can enhance and build up their company relationships, no matter how different the dynamics may be.

Of the many struggles workers have with their jobs, Interdepartmental communication remains one of the major complaints expressed. For example, your billing department needs to talk with other departments to verify invoice information and pricing options on a regular basis. Without strong and consistent communication, you won’t know about special arrangements made by the advertising department or fee waivers offered by the sales team. You cannot accurately do your job without active communication between departments. Continue reading