In the management consulting world, you go to a lot of meetings.
Because of this fact, one of the most important things you can do coming into consulting (or any other career) is make sure you know how to take notes in meetings.
Working on consulting engagements, it’s not uncommon to have multiple meetings to prepare for the “real” meeting with the client. If you play your cards right, the meetings will yield some useful information.
There’s a huge problem with all of these meetings though – people have short-term memories. By the time the participants leave the meeting and get back to their desks, that discussion will have long faded from their memory.
And even worse, when you ask people later about their commitments made in the meeting, they act like you’re speaking in a language they’ve never heard before. (I suppose accountability could be considered a language, and I know there are some people out there who aren’t familiar with it.)
That is exactly why you’ll find the rich and powerful to be avid note takers.
When it comes to meeting notes, you’ll want to email those out and be sure to focus on capturing the 6 following pieces of information.
Don’t worry if you’re having trouble following along in meetings. I’ll show you what to do in that situation too.