Minute taking is an imperative part of care collaboration by keeping an accurate record of meetings. However, taking minutes manually can be a time-consuming task. Without a simple approval process, it can take significant effort to review and share meeting minutes. We developed the Minute Taking Toolkit to simplify and automate the process of capturing minutes, reviewing them and keeping track of the approval process.
This toolkit automates the process of recording meeting minutes by using transcription on Microsoft Teams. This way, meeting secretaries do not need to take notes by hand. The toolkit also offers a simple process for sharing the minutes with meeting attendees for review and with the meeting chair for final approval. The meeting secretary can easily keep track of the entire approval process from one place.
Benefits of the toolkit
|Automatic transcription saves time and gives more flexibility|
|Minutes are shared automatically with all meeting attendees for review|
|The meeting secretary can easily track attendees comments|
|Key stakeholders have control over the approval process|
|Final minutes are automatically shared to view and download|
|The toolkit can be tailored for ad-hoc or infrequent meetings, and recurring meetings with the same or different attendees|
How it works
Below is the detailed step-by-step guidance on using the tool tailored for the meeting secretary, meeting attendees, and the meeting chair.
1. Guidance for the meeting secretary
- To get started with the Minute Taking Toolkit, a Local Administrator (LA) from your organisation will need to create a Team in MS Teams for you (example name: ‘Board Meeting Minutes’).
- Once the Team is created, the toolkit will need to be set up. This can be done by anyone. Please email us at email@example.com and we will share guidance for how to do this.
Once the toolkit is set up, you will have access to the Team with at least one channel containing three folders. These folders can be accessed from the ‘Files’ tab: ‘Transcriptions’, ‘Ready for Review’ and ‘Final Approval Status’. You will use these folders to automate the review process, which is described in more detail in the below sections.
You will also see additional tabs titled ‘Attendee Responses’, ‘Final Approval Status’ and ‘Secretary’, which will be used to track the review process. Only the meeting secretary will have access to and will use these folders and tabs.
1.2 Create and download minutes
At the start of your Teams meeting, click on the three dots in the toolbar and select ‘Start transcription’. This will notify attendees that transcription has started, and a live transcript will appear on the right-hand side. You can stop the transcription at any time by pressing ‘Stop transcription’ or keep it on throughout the entire meeting.
At the end of the meeting, you will receive a Teams notification that the transcript has been shared in your Teams channel and the meeting chat. From the meeting chat, navigate to ‘Recordings & Transcripts’, where you will find the transcript file with the meeting time and date as its name. Click on ‘Download’. When you are prompted to choose file format, select ‘Download as .docx’. You can open the document and make initial edits.
1.3 Share minutes for attendee review
You will need to upload the document to the ‘Transcriptions’ folder in the ‘Files’ tab of the Teams channel. This will automatically send a notification to the meeting attendees that the transcript has been shared and ask them to review it by a set deadline.
1.4 Edit minutes and approve comments
You will receive email notifications when meeting attendees post comments to the minutes document. You can track the responses from the meeting attendees by going to the ‘Attendee Responses’ tab in the Teams channel and follow up with attendees if necessary.
After you have made the necessary changes, the updated file is ready to be uploaded into the ‘Ready for Review’ folder. This will automatically notify the meeting chair that the minutes are ready for final review and approval.
1.5 Finalise minutes
You will be notified if the meeting chair decides to add further comments to the minutes document. In this case, you can review the meeting chair’s comments and make final changes.
Re-upload the finalised minutes document to the ‘Ready for Review’ folder and wait for the meeting chair to click ‘Approve’ in the request card that they will receive.
Once that is done, you and all the meeting attendees will receive a notification in the Teams chat that the finalised minutes are ready to be viewed and downloaded. No further changes can be made at this point. The final minutes will also automatically save in the ‘Final Version’ folder under the ‘Files’ tab of the Teams channel.
2. Guidance for meeting attendees
2.1 Receive request to review minutes
As an attendee, you will be notified when the meeting secretary starts transcription during a Teams meeting. After the meeting, you will receive a notification in Teams saying that the transcript has been shared in your Teams channel and the meeting chat. You do not need to take any action until you receive a request to review and approve the transcription.
You will receive the approval request as a notification in Teams. Click on ‘Activity’ at the top of the sidebar, and a pop-up will appear displaying the link to the minutes document. It will also display how many days you have to review the document before the link expires.
2.2 Review and edit minutes
To add your comments, click on the displayed link, which will open the minutes document in Teams. You can choose to review the document in Teams. Alternatively, click on ‘Open in Desktop App’ to open it in Microsoft Word app, or click on the three dots in the top toolbar and select ‘Open in Browser’.
2.3 View and download final minutes
After the review and approval process is complete, you will receive a notification that the final version of the minutes is ready to be viewed and downloaded. At this point, you will not be able to make any further changes.
3. Guidance for the meeting chair
3.1 Review and approve minutes
As the meeting chair, you will receive a request in Teams to review meeting minutes, after all attendees have added their comments and the secretary approved them. Click on ‘Activity’ at the top of the sidebar, and a pop-up will appear displaying the link to the minutes document. Click on the link inside the approval request pop-up.
This will open the minutes document in Teams. You can choose to review the document in Teams. Alternatively, click on ‘Open in Desktop App’ to open it in Microsoft Word app, or click on the three dots in the top toolbar and select ‘Open in Browser’.
If you decide to add comments, you will need to click on ‘Needs refinement’ on the approval request. After the meeting secretary makes further changes based on your comments, you will receive the approval request again.
3.2 View and download final minutes