What are narrative minutes?


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Narrative minutes are a form of minutes taken during a business meeting that records the discussions that take place in detail. They can also serve as a legal document. The minutes also attach names to motions and provide context and background information to discussions that might not have appeared during the meeting.

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Other than the minutes of narration, there are two other styles for meeting notes. Minutes of resolution are more sparse, but they are also a legal document. They are limited to recording the resolutions and motions passed without attaching names. On the other end of the spectrum are verbatim minutes that provide a transcript of the meeting, including the names of every speaker, the motions they propose and the motions passed. Like the minutes of narration, these are written in a narrative format.

When taking minutes for a meeting, prepare in advance by printing out a copy of the minutes for the last meeting and the agenda for the current meeting. Ideally, the chairperson or a subordinate should provide a copy of any relevant background information for the minutes-taker's reference. Use a tape recorder as a backup to prevent distractions from interfering with writing accurate and comprehensive minutes.

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