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Fast and efficient way to take meeting notes

Fast and efficient way to take meeting notes
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Have you ever come out of a great meeting? You're energized by all the ideas that were flying back and forth. The conversation was lively, you all left with a common goal, and you understood your next steps.

Except, by the next morning, you panic when you realize you can barely remember a thing from the meeting. If you're lucky, a co-worker can remind you what the meeting's takeaways were, and what your next steps are.

Or you're just out of luck. A big reason for that is that taking notes in a meeting can defeat the whole purpose of the meeting, so you don't. Sitting there jotting down what everyone is saying can stifle the conversation, and certainly your contribution to the brainstorming session.

Microsoft has a pretty impressive, free tool that retro-captures what people say in a meeting. When you tap a capture button on InstaNote, it starts recording from 30 seconds earlier in the conversation. InstaNote is always listening, until you click on an "action," "issue," or "idea" for it to record.

To make sure you're recording notes the way you would write them down, you can tap on "issue," for example, to make sure you know what's being recorded. Or, include the names of the people in the meeting, then tap on their name to record what they've been saying. You can also note if the recording includes a task you need to follow up on.

You can share your notes with other people, including links to their tasks. For example, your InstaNote can say, "At minute 18, task assigned to Kirk by Albert."

InstaNote

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