The meeting may be over, but the minute-taker’s job goes on. At the group’s next meeting, you may hear corrections to the minutes, says Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics. “Follow the legal requirements of your organization in correcting the minutes,” she says. “If no special requirements are indicated, then follow this procedure”:

Three cures for long meetings

June 11, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

Here are three cures for long meetings, adapted from “Work Smart: Unconventional Cures for Meetingitis”:

2 online tools worth bookmarking

May 28, 2010 Categorized in: MeetingsOrganizing reduces the effort involved in organizing lunch meetings. The site pulls together reviews, menus, OpenTable reservations and an RSVP function into one central location. gives you cash for your business’s out-of-date gadgets.
You’re taking minutes in a meeting when the conversation suddenly goes off topic. Or two attendees begin to argue. To what extent should you capture the conversation? Joan Burge, founder and CEO of Office Dynamics, offers these tips for turning meeting conversations into a valuable road map—even when the conversation is difficult to track.

On the agenda: lunch

April 29, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

When a group is working through lunch, keep energy levels up with the right menu. Three tips:
Question: “Although I’m viewed positively at work, I believe my reserved demeanor is holding me back. I’m not shy, but I have trouble making small talk. In meetings, I give input whenever I’m asked, but seldom volunteer information … Can you suggest some communication strategies for meetings and social situations?”

Turn creativity into productivity

March 9, 2010 Categorized in: Meetings

In the downturn, productivity is everything. Any time spent in the conference room should be efficient and results-oriented. Here are some creative tactics business owners are using—and that you can copy:
Hold more-focused meetings… Keep emoticons out of business communication … Find salary information for administrative positions in your area … Save money on printing … Avoid this grammar trap … Receive the credit you deserve …

Run your next meeting like Google

February 5, 2010 Categorized in: MeetingsTime Management

As an admin, you may be tasked with helping to set agendas, scheduling and taking minutes. But how much power do you have to keep meetings productive? Plenty. Look for clues in the way meetings work at Google. You may find that not all of these tips are replicable at your office, but it’s a place to start.
Quiz yourself to see how much you know about international business etiquette:
Lee’s immediate supervisor left the organization, so now she reports to a higher-level director. In their meetings, the director seems distracted and bored, even though Lee takes extra time to prepare. “My preparation is usually met with a very brief response or a push off to another manager,” she says. “What can I do to make our meetings more engaging?”
Hold a shorter, more effective meeting by remembering the three purposes for having a meeting in the first place: to inform, to gather input or to ask for approval … Read faster using this technique developed by reading expert J. Michael Bennett: rhythmic perusal … Try this remedy for a foul-mouthed boss …

1-Minute Strategies: Dec. ’09

November 6, 2009 Categorized in: AdvancementInternetMeetings

Skip straight to someone’s voice mail by using Slydial, a service that lets you leave a message for someone you know you can’t reach in person … Take your job search to Twitter. Some companies are using Twitter to fill positions that tend to attract tons of applicants on job boards, such as administrative roles, one HR vice president tells The Wall Street Journal Put a meandering meeting back on track by addressing those who veer off-topic.