According to Paul Axtell, author of Meetings Matter, there are two key things you need to do after every meeting: send out clear & concise meeting notes and follow up on the commitments made.
Of course, in order to do these things, you need to have clear and concise meeting notes and action items.
In his recent article on HBR, Paul outlines his tips on how to capture and distribute those meeting notes and action items. Here’s a quick rundown:
- Do not try to capture everything said in the meeting. Instead, focus on capturing key points and specific commitments for each topic.
- Create accountability. When you commit to taking action in a meeting, assign who will take the action, and by when. Include these in your meeting notes.
- Don’t use “by the next meeting” as a due date. Allow the responsible person to commit to a timeline that makes the most sense.
- Check in at regular intervals to ensure the team is on track.
Want to learn more? Check out Two Things to Do After Every Meeting on HBR.